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by Azoloth in
Classic Gamer Corner Review

In Majesty Gold HD you assume the role of a young King within the fantasy realm of Ardania you must ensure the peace and prosperity of the land. Dealing with goblin invasions, Demonic beings, and Elven treachery is just a normal day in the life of a King. As the King, you do not handle these issues yourself. You merely build a city and hire the heroes who will ensure the safety of your realm.

I did not include this game in my Top 10 Favorite Game List. However, I still gave it a 5/5 while many games on the list scored lower. You may scratch your head at this. Well, the reason is that I do not base my favorite games off how highly polished a game is. Sometimes they are games I remember from childhood and still love to revisit, such as The Bard’s Tale Trilogy. Other times it is because they have a Story that just blows my mind like Neverwinter Nights. Majesty is a wonderful game; One of the best in its genre. However, personally it is not one that I think back on fondly. I just notice it in my game library when I am bored and then sink into playing it for several hours.

Sargon’s Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
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Game Play:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Visuals:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
User Interface:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Story:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

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Majesty Gold HD Rating 5.0

I cannot remember when I first got Majesty, however, I know it was before the release of Majesty Gold HD. I first purchased it from Gamers Gate and have spent many hundreds of hours playing it over the years. Any time I need a quick fun game to relax to where I don’t have to think too much, this is the game I go to.

I love the contrast that even though I am not directly controlling the heroes, my decisions directly influence how the game progresses. If I make poor decisions on some maps, I will lose quickly. Deciding where to put buildings, what buildings to build, and what heroes to hire have a direct effect on your game.

Unfortunately, Gamers Gate does not sell Majesty anymore. However, you can buy steam keys on Green Man Gaming.

Game Play 5.0

Majesty Gold HD is a genuine treasure when it comes to computer simulations. I am an avid lover of sim games, however, most sims force me to micromanage so much stuff that just isn’t fun. The developers of Majesty Gold HD hit the perfect balance of detailed kingdom simulation management without getting bogged down in boring busy work.

You decide where and what to build, what heros to hire, what upgrades to purchase, and where to offer rewards for desired behavior. The AI takes over from there and directs you virtual heroes on their way.

The scenarios you get to play through range from laughably easy to requiring a lot of luck and skill to eek out a victory. Then you can also set up your own scenarios to play through once you have completed all the official scenarios.

When playing a scenario the initial setup of the terrain may stay the same. However, the location of buildings, monsters, and lairs are random.

Don’t let the fact that you are not micromanaging things fool you. The macro-level decisions you make will impact your game. If you are not fast enough, or put up the wrong building you can find yourself in trouble quickly. Some buildings also have effects that can transform things instantly.

One temple has an ability that enrages all heroes and makes them move faster and hit harder. You can have towers you pay gold to energize to attack monsters who attack your base. As you build temples and upgrade them you gain access to spells, you can cast on your heroes and enemies to directly influence the world. These are just a few of the ways you can directly influence things. You can even tell your tax collectors to only collect taxes at certain thresholds to make sure it is worth their while before venturing out.

These aspects lead to a game that is not one of micromanaging; However, it gives you an intense game play experience nonetheless.

Visuals 5.0

Even in 2019 Majesty Gold HD has some beautiful visuals, not bad for a game originally released in 2000 with a graphics update in 2012.

The graphics set the tone for the world perfectly. Each individual building has its own distinct look based on what role it plays. I really enjoy the fact that as the buildings are built up, they change realistically.  This is something many games which involve building have done I just find Majesty’s very pleasing.

The attention to detail with graphics amazes me at times. One example is when someone is in a guardhouse, as shown above, a light appears in it. This is a straightforward way to check who is visiting it.

Audio 5.0

Much of Majesty Gold HD is fully voiced. Heros have voices that trigger on specific events such as death and level ups. Each scenario has a fully scripted and voiced intro.

The music has a very celtic feel to it and is very soothing as you play through the game. All the audio content really helps draw you further into the game. I know I say that a lot, and it is because it is true. The right sound effects can make or break a game. All of my favorite games tend to have very well done audio setups.

User Interface 5.0

The interface is very easy to use, whoever created it put a lot of thought into making it very intuitive. Using the command area to the left and the spell selection at the bottom, almost everything you need is at your fingertips at a moment’s notice. If I had one complaint, it would be how you adjust the game speed. You have to press escape and go into the options. I feel this should be hot keyed or in a more accessible place. Often you will want to slow down a game to get past some difficult spots where you need split second timing, and others you will want the game to speed up to let yourself gain more gold. While that is just a minor issue it is a real one. However, it is not enough for me to take away the 5 I am giving the games user interface.

Story 5.0

The story for Majesty Gold HD is well written and executed. When starting the game you can pick from many scenarios. Each of these scenarios gives you a glimpse into the Kingdom your rule and the history behind it. Certain scenarios are unavailable at first, and it requires you to complete other scenarios before they become available.

The story is short enough and well written enough to keep nearly anyone interested. How short the story is does not, in my opinion, detract from the game. It in fact works very well, as you can create your own head cannon for the game as you explore it.

There is no proper end for the game. You can beat all the missions and do so in almost any order you like, except for the exceptions I have already noted. That said, you can then go back and replay the missions to try to get better times on them. Myself, I usually just play through them all once when I am on a Majesty kick and then reset the map. I am not playing this game to win speed records. I am playing it for the story and my head canon about how I build my kingdom up.

Each mission to me is another part of the Kingdom I must tame after becoming King. Then as I tame each area, I move to an adjacent area and expand my influence. However, it would be equally valid for someone to view the entire kingdom under their power already and just be dealing with issues as they pop up. That is one of the wonderful things about this open-ended game. Your own head canon can be whatever you want it to be, there are no right or wrong answers.

Majesty Gold HD Summary

Majesty has something for simulation lovers on all levels. From very easy and relaxing scenarios to complex ones which will challenge even the most skilled gamers. Despite me having reviewed some of my favorite games already, this is the first one I give a full 5/5

I urge you to buy this game and give it a shot. It is well worth the price. One of the best thing about getting into the classic games is they will rarely, if ever, cost $50+. Usually they are under $20 and can easily be picked up. Also, if you go to sites like Green Man Gaming, they are often on sale and you can pick them up alone or in a bundle for much less.


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