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 Computer Game: Windows
 Genre: Puzzle-Strategy, Land Conquest
 Type: Turn-based
 Maximum Players: 4
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 Availability: Download only
 Developer: Dreamspike Studios
 Designer: Alex Kutsenok

The ancient lands of Mesopotamia were fertile, rich in minerals and agriculture, and known as the Cradle of Civilization. It was here that empires spawned farming, standing militaries, embassies, law, art, and more during the three eras of what is known today as the Bronze Age. Of course, it was not all an era of enlightenment. Civilizations battled against each other for regional supremacy, and in doing so very often wound up as nothing more than ashes in the dustbin of history.

In Bronze, from Dreamspike Studios, gamers have a chance to rewrite history. As supreme ruler of one of twelve historically based civilizations the player is charged with expanding their civilization's territory by creating Farms, Towns, Embassies, Ziggurats, and even Armies. Construction is as easy as a click, and in no time at all your empire can stretch from map edge to map edge.

Gameplay revolves around land acquisition and has a very Eurogame feel to it. Each construction on a tile has a unique function. One building might convert enemy Farms through religion, while another may create an alliance. Mining villages add to your treasury depending on what type of ore deposit they are built near. Towns will claim all the territory surrounding them. Armies will convert enemy buildings, while Citadels can protect against this effect. Knowing what to build and where is the key to winning. Since each of the twelve civilizations plays differently, it's important to also understand how each civilization uses its construction abilities.

Bronze will challenge players from the very start, and features very robust play choices. There are ten campaigns to choose from set in the Early, Middle and Late periods of the Bronze Age. Each campaign introduces new civilizations and is played out on a strategic map. Once the campaigns are finished players can then move into Survival Mode and Custom Matches/Tournaments. Survival Mode uses randomly generated maps and allows one civilization to compete against all others in a series of matches. How long can your empire last? Custom Matches/Tournaments allow user generated single or multi-matches to be created, either against the AI or three other players in hotseat mode. Between Survival Mode and the ability to create Custom Matches, Bronze offers endless replayability.

Bronze is a unique game of ancient empires. The mechanics take mere minutes to learn, turns move along rapidly, and the uniqueness of each civilization creates a rich and diverse gameplay experience. There is no slow build up, the action begins on turn one, and its puzzle-like nature makes Bronze a game suitable for hardcore strategy gamers, casual players, puzzle gamers, and anyone who enjoys games that make you think.

Experience Bronze today and with just a click of the mouse create an empire that will be remembered thousands of years later!

Early Praise

"But it's another thing to learn a game by watching the AI play and having something click in my head. "Ah-ha, so that's how you use that!" It's been a long time since an AI taught me about a game." --Tom Chick, Fidgit

Full Reviews

"Strategy veterans should find a lot to like here thanks to the quality AI and unique mechanics." --James Allen, Out of Eight PC Game Reviews

"With numerous campaign modes, flavor text full of historical facts, and the ability to play solo or hotseat multiplayer in randomly generated maps, Bronze shows surprising depth for it simple rules. There is something gripping about its simplicity that draws you in and leaves you wanting to play 'just one more' five or ten minute game." --Dr. Matt Carlson, GamerDad: Gaming With Children

Armchair General Score: 85%

"...this game is not only a good beer-and-pretzel game but is challenging and yields insight into a fascinating period. " --Jim Cobb , Armchair General

"If you think you’re a genius with strategy games, by all means give Bronze a try. You’ll be challenged, I guarantee that." -- John Breeden II, GIN - Game Industry News

"Testament to the value of the game that it’s easy to play for that long, then. Like other classic board games, such as Catan, A Small World, Reiner Knizia’s Samurai and even Chess, Bronze is easy to play over and over again, because despite its simple nature, no two games will ever be the same, and there are multiple different strategies to approach each game from." -- Digitally Downloaded

♦  Fast playing, Eurogame style land conquest strategy game. A typical scenario can be played in under fifteen minutes. Best of all, no micromanagement!

♦  Primarily designed for the single player experience, up to three others can join in Hotseat play.

♦  Turn based, mouse driven interface.

♦  In game tutorial will have you becoming master of your empire within minutes of playing!

♦  Historically accurate, you will actually have fun and learn something at the same time!

♦  Gorgeous hand painted artwork and brilliant authentic musical scores bring the world of Bronze to life on your monitor.

♦  Twelve civilizations: Akkadians, Assyrians, Babylonians, Elamites, Ebla, Egyptians, Gutians, Hittites, Kassites, Mitanni, Nomads, and Sumerians.

♦  Each civilizations has its own strengths and weaknesses requiring different tactics.

♦  Ten construction types including Mining Villages, Towns, Palaces, Bridges, and more.

♦  Nine terrain types. Included are various mining deposits, swamps, fertile lands, and other terrain, all of which have an impact on gameplay and player strategy.

♦  Ten campaign games set in three eras of the Bronze Age: Early, Middle, and Late.

♦  Exciting Survival game mode with twelve randomized campaigns. Take your chosen civilization and face off against all rivals to see how long your empire can actually last.

♦  Custom matches/tournaments. Craft your own single matches or multi-match tournament games. Select who you play against, where you play, and other variables for endless action.

♦  Random Map Generator and new maps easily created by modifying existing files.

♦  With its exotic setting and innovative mechanics Bronze is unlike anything you've played before!

Three modes of Play: Campaign, Survival, Custom Match


GamingNexus.com

"Hey! Wait a minute. That sounds like fun. And what do you know? It is. Despite the lack of 3D chariots, even with the lack of lamenting, there is a good game here. “Bronze” does not have the complexity of, say, “Europa Universalis”, but it neither needs nor wants it. What it does have is a set of simple rules, well put together and balanced, that lay bare the bones of the strategic decisions at hand." --Tom Bitterman, GamingNexus.com


PC Gamer

"Bronze is the best new board game without a board" --Troy Goodfellow, PC Gamer Magazine


95%
Game Vortex

"The absolute best part of Bronze is the number of potential strategies and choices available. There are only a handful of structures, but the pieces yield an incredible amount of strategic depth. Even on early levels, you forced to constantly think about how you want to expand your empire while also deciding how you want to lock your opponent out of territory." --Starscream, GameVortex Communications, AKA Ricky Tucker




Operating systems:
♦  Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7

General minimum requirements:
♦  Pentium class machine
♦  128 MB RAM
♦  140 MB hard drive space required
♦  DirectX 8.0 or higher
♦  1024x768 or better screen resolution
♦  16 bit color or better color depth
♦  DirectX 8.0+ compatible Sound Card

This is delivered as a zip file. Unzip to a temporary directory and click on Bronze_Demo.exe to install.

Windows Demo: 88 MB Download

We hope you enjoy your Bronze demo experience. Please contact customer service if you have any problems with the demo.


On Twitter

"Bronze is a remarkably elegant design. Worth playing."
--Soren Johnson, Lead Designer, Civilization IV

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