King's Bounty: Legions unleashes cross-platform strategic combat on Windows Phone

Unity support has really helped some of the larger mobile games come to Windows Phone, even if we still get them later than other platforms. Case in point, Russian-publisher Nival has just published King’s Bounty: Legions on Windows Phone 8. King’s Bounty is a turn-based strategy series that started its life on Sega Genesis/Mega Drive long ago and continues to thrive on Steam.

King’s Bounty: Legions is exciting for a number of reasons. For one, it’s a serious strategy game and it’s free to play. More importantly, it supports cloud saves and cross-platform multiplayer via Facebook! You can start playing on Windows Phone and then pick up where you left off on Steam, Facebook, iOS, and Android. Read on for more impressions.

Form your own legions

King’s Bounty thrusts players right into the thick of things. Instead of a story sequence, you’ll jump into a combat tutorial. Battles take place on a hex grid, much like the Heroes of Might and Magic series that shares lineage with this one. You command several units in battle, each one taking his or her turn before the enemies begin their turns.

To attack your foes, either tap the enemy for a normal attack or select a special ability from the list at the bottom of the screen. After confirming the attack or move, your unit will carry it out. Players get several types of units to command, including swordsmen, mages, and archers. It’s simple and easy to learn, but filled with strategic possibilities.

Take the battle online

You’ll need a Facebook account to get the most out of King’s Bounty, such as being able to save your game online and battle other players. Remember, you can create a Facebook account just for gaming, even if you hate socializing with others and knowing what your family is up to! Think of it as a forum account or whatever.

After logging in and completing the single-player tutorial, gamers can play through hundreds of single-player quests and battles. The real juice for some of us comes from taking on all comers in player-versus-player battles, though. The game also supports clans, so like-minded players can band together. We’re going to need some teamwork if we want to compete against the players from other platforms!

King’s Bounty: Legions is free to play, with In-App Purchases consisting of additional units to command. Hopefully units aren’t too tough to earn on their own – we’ll put some time in and let you know in a future write-up. Your phone must have 1 GB or more of RAM in order to install the game.

  • King’s Bounty: Legions – Windows Phone 8 with 1 GB of RAM – 231 MB – Free – Store Link
  • King’s Bounty: Legions – Steam – 789 MB – Free – Store Link

Thanks to Gabriel and everyone else who tipped us!

Paul Acevedo

Paul Acevedo is the Games Editor at Windows Central. A lifelong gamer, he has written about videogames for over 15 years and reviewed over 350 games for our site. Follow him on Twitter @PaulRAcevedo. Don’t hate. Appreciate!

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  • I knew it would be you asking before I even loaded up the article. Stay on topic please.
  • *Clap Clap* Magic.......Lol ;):D
  • Paul never fails to make me laugh xD
  • @Aashish13
    It's now quite annoying reading comments such as yours and only shows you up for the imbecile you really are.
  • Bit harsh
  • I'm just sick of developers making good games for 1 gb ram phones
  • Should they make bad games instead???
  • I'm just sick about people with low end phones complaining about not being able to play games
  • Its because of these low end phones that your WP community is growing ignorant fools.Lumia 520 has 34% market while other phones have a meagre 4%. So think before u say again. Yes I'm also annoyed by this 512ram shit.
  • Don't call people names.
  • The people that can be named are not the real people.
  • This guy knows what I'm talking about.
  • Please stop, your level of ignorance is hurting my brain! Get a mid-high end phone if you want to play demanding games!
  • What the others have said. Would you expect the latest Playstation games to work on the first PlayStation console? Of course you wouldn't. So why do you people complain about a high end game not being available for your budget phone?
  • If the phone cant handle it, it is what it is, the developer cant buff up your phone. That's how the world works bud
  • fooKing awesome! 8-)
  • Unity... 1gb ram... Not available in Brazil...
  • Seems faster............
  • Sorry but your comment is older than God's dog. It's not funny anymore.
  • Porque não muitas de região? Eu estou em Angola e uso a região americana
  • Eu estava a meter-me com o gajo. Seems faster e Not Available in Brazil e um comentário que está sempre a aparecer.........
  • King's Bounty was the prototype of Heroes of Might and Magic series. Later some Russians bought the title and released sveral games which were pretty good. I hope this one is good too.
  • So my cat won't talk any help? Also I'll just keep it on my Samsung galaxy note 3, for my progress. I did download it and rate 5 stars to show support.
  • Your cat, what?? Your progress on Android would be shared with the WP version, so you shouldn't lose out by playing on both platforms.
  • Didn't know that. In that case I'll keep it on both.
  • You read the article, though? Right?
  • Why are all the new apps and games requiring 1gb ram?? Really pissing me off. And don't anyone think about telling me that I should have bought an expensive phone. You people can't understand the pain.
  • Unity doesn't deal well with 512 MB devices yet. Also it's much harder and more time consuming to scale large games down to work with 512 MB devices.
  • That's a mature reply, unlike many other users who just blabber all over.
  • He did write the article.
  • Worlds most flawed logic award goes to kasak ;) I've met many immature editors.
  • I can be a bit of a jerk sometimes, but I always try to be helpful. Unless somebody comments without reading the article, in which case I might just get annoyed with him or her. We writers are only human.
  • Looks beautiful, will give it a try hoping it's not another pay-to-win disguised into a "pay-to-accelerate".. I miss the good old times when I could give 10 box for a full game with its full content and updates.. 
  • What type of boxes?
  • Bolloxes,hahaha
  • Your mothers ;)
  • I don't get it
  • WinRT version?
  • No, there isn't even a Windows 8 version yet. I'll ask the developers if they're working on them. You could probably play the Facebook version on RT though.
  • Thanks... But dont have FB account, imagine that
  • Paul u are replying a lot...its you only commenting here
  • This game is definitely worth a little of my time. Interested in whether or not the game nags to to buy stuff. That's the biggest turn off for me- ruins immersion. Admittedly I'd rather just pay for the game and be done with it, however free-to-play allows you to demo any game without wasting your money.
  • Glad this game has Facebook integration. The more games sync your progress to the cloud, the more likely I'm willing to invest a substantial amount of my time. I transferred all of my save files on my 3DSXL to a new SD card and corrupted my data. Everything must have cloud sync... :P
  • Gonna give it a try !
  • Hey Paul!Nice Article!But 1 Gb ram once again.
    Have you checked out this game?It was reported in my thread by KrisJoEll and it is massively popular on Android :)
  • Yo! Yeah, we're going to do a full review but the dev has asked us to wait until the official release date. I guess it's open beta right now.
  • Yeah,it's version 0.2 or something right now. :)
    Too bad it's online only :( but the game is good for people who are always connected to the internet unlike me :)
  • thanks for this link. Saw this game before but totally forgot to download it. Clash of Titans for WP. Having played it a little, its one of those that can become quite addictive.
  • Love the 4x games! Thanks mate. Wish if the developer of Little Empire (@CamelGames) also show some love to Windows Phone!
  • Is it a full-time online game? Is there any option for offline single player mode as well? Maybe earning a few extra "points" by fighting randomly generated enemies. 
  • There are single-player missions. It might still require an internet connection though, I'm not sure.
  • It requires internet connection all the time, guess I'll have to delete an otherwise good game :'(
  • Why not just play on your wireless network at home?
  • Because I'm outside of home most of the time :'( College. :(
    I only download games which I can play offline so I can play them whenever I feel like it :)
  • Thanks for confirming that.
  • Pirated version for 512 MB RAM devices will show up sooner or later.. Looking forward to it
  • I want only one game for WP. Counter-strike
  • 1gb... Bye bye
  • 512Mb devices? Bye bye and good riddance.
  • Ok, no curse words, although unity deserves them
  • Check Steam reviews: Long story short, avoid this game.
  • Don't mention it. There seems to be a "sale" on cave spiders - 0 diamonds each. I got like only 1000 of them because I got bored of rolling that slider. I call exploit!
  • Please give us a follow up. Sounds like freemium with the un app purchases. Thanks!
  • "in app purchases" .  Sorry for the typo.  
  • FAQ the no 512MB RAM support.
  • We could write an FAQ on it but the same people would pop up and complain... Most of the frequent complainers seem to be very young and childish.
  • You low ramming guys are going to have to suck it up and realize that if you want to game on a phone, you need a gaming phone. Gaming phones do not have less than 1GB of RAM.
  • Awww, guys. Not e1 is a techie. Perhaps instead of being immature their just trying to ramp up to yall? I do wish stores would educate the buyer better prior to purchase. Thanks for the article, gonna give it a try.