Beasts and Bumpkins
|a game by||Worldweaver Productions Ltd|
|Editor Rating:||6.5/10, based on 1 review|
|User Rating:||8.0/10 - 1 vote|
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On its first release, this game was seen less as a C&C beater than as a mildly amusing diversion. Which is exactly what it still is. Added to the real-time stew is a fantasy Carry On-style world replete with busty young maidens and wolf whistles. The humour won't be to everyone's taste; in fact, if Carry On leaves you cold then you can stop reading right now.
Instead of progressing through an eternity of building and fighting, you have to worry about the coming seasons, and both harvesting your crops and sowing your human seed. Young farmers grow old and become a burden, and small children need nurturing before they can pull their weight. This element may sound complex, but it's all done with the minimum of fuss, thanks to a very workable interface and a gradually unfolding mission structure.
Where the game may lose another flock of fans is due to its light-handed combat. You won't see any large-scale wars, rather small skirmishes between a few soldiers and man-eating wasps.
Beasts & Bumpkins does include a little exploration to make up for it, but if you want massive pitched battles you might be better off opting for WarCraft 2.