diana;;ortus;;ios;;android;;strategy;;two player;;single player;;firebrush studios;;fablesmith Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee Itís always fun to follow a party while theyíre developing their game. The first time I saw Ortus being played was during my visit to Indigo 2014. Although I didnít get the chance to play the game that day, I was trulsy impressed by its nice graphics and cool interface. Now, about one and a half years later, I finally have the opportunity to actually try this game during its beta phase.

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By Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee on April 11, 2016

Itís always fun to follow a party while theyíre developing their game. The first time I saw Ortus being played was during my visit to Indigo 2014. Although I didnít get the chance to play the game that day, I was trulsy impressed by its nice graphics and cool interface. Now, about one and a half years later, I finally have the opportunity to actually try this game during its beta phase.

Ortus is inspired by the boardgame with the same name. It is set in a fantasy world where two warlords have reached the highest possible standing and only have each other as adversary. The worldís core houses the much sought after energy wells that grant the power to control the planet. The energy wells are fed by the primal elements; fire, water, earth and wind. It is within this core that the Warlords, blinded by greed and ambition, meet for their final battle. A nice place for a battle, donít you think?


The board of Ortus always contain energy wells. Keep an eye on these wells, for they are going to help you vanquish your foe. During your battle, youíll need energy points in order to place your pawns, attack an enemy pawn or defend yourself. Thatís exactly why the energy wells are so important; controlling them energy wells grants you the much needed energy points. At the beginning of every turn you will receive fourteen energy points. By placing one of your pawns on an energy well, youíll receive additional energy points. This, as you can imagine, will give you a great advantage over your adversary.

During your turn, you can place pawns anywhere you want on the board, as long as you have enough energy points to do so. You can also attack your opponentís pawns. Depending on his energy points he can either choose to defend himself or sacrifice the pawn in order to save energy points. This sacrifice, although it might seem harsh, is not always a bad thing. If a pawn dies, you always get it back at the end of your turn, so plan your strategy accordingly.


You can win the battle by owning a certain number of energy wells or defeat a certain number of enemies, so it's very important to think ahead! You can place all your pawns at the energy wells within two or three rounds, but if you donít have any energy points left to defend your pawns, you will be an easy target for your opponent.

You can play the solo campaign, online matches or even local matches. Yes, local! I think this is an awesome feature because itís true to the original boardgame. That being said, when playing a local match, it might be best to play Ortus on a tablet. That way, you donít have both play the game on the small screen of your smartphone. If you donít own a tablet you can still play a local match, but it might be better to play the game online. Ortus originally started life as a board game, so itís almost purpose-built to be played with your friends!


During the solo campaign I struggled a little after completing level five. At this point, a new type of pawn was introduced, called Wind Warriors, who would start out on the enemyís side of the conflict. If you beat that round, you own them and these Wind warriors will fight for you. It was a tough nut to crack and to claim victory, but if you keep an eye on your energy points, play defensive and be smart (and have a little bit of luck) you can defeat the enemy and be the proud owner of these awesome warriors!

Ortus is a great game for people who like a strategic challenge and like to think ahead. With several kinds of warriors to collect and quite a few different game modes to play, thereís a lot to discover. So get your pawns and your strategy ready and seize control of the world!


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