In King's Bounty you can choose to play as one of the three classes: paladin, warrior and mage. As in every RPG you will see here that the warrior can only use weapons, mage can use only magic items and the paladin is a combination of both. However, there is a balance between these three classes as the warrior is going to have the most powerful melee attacks, the mage has the most powerful magical attacks and paladin is going to fight using strong melee attacks and decent spells. It may seem a bit complicated but is not. The basic in this game are quite simple and even someone new can learn them pretty fast.
After you chosen your character, you have to pass a short "test" (some kind of tutorial) in which a powerful mage is going to give you three tasks. After these tasks are completed y
ou cad adventure into a wild world. King's Bounty doesn't respect the standard difficulty levels for a classic RPG. Here, even from the first stages, you can encounter extremely powerful creatures that can kill you in a mater of seconds.
The story behind King's Bounty is not that great and may be the worst part of this game. The kingdom knows some hard times and the king needs a hero to restore its former glory. You need to help the people and kill all the evil that is threatening your kingdom.
As you adventure further into this world, you are going to have the possibility to recruit more soldiers (more like mercenaries). However, each zone has a limited number of recruitments so there is a chance for you to run out of support. Still, you can avoid some fights by running away from scary monsters but even doing that you can lose some of your troops. Beside normal soldiers (humans, elves, dwarfs etc) you can recruit even evil creatures like skeletons, vampires and zombies. It is interesting how you can create a "mix" army in order to fight the evil.
In King's Bounty you can upgrade your hero as well using three major features: powerful artifacts that can be equipped by your hero, leveling up (each won and completed quest will reward you with experience points) and random "objects" you can find on the map (like a shrine that you permanent boost your spell power for example).
From graphical point of view, King's Bounty doesn't look bad. The units are carefully designed with nice colors and shapes. On free map mode you can rotate the camera and zoom in/out as you desire. Same goes for battle mode but with some small restrictions in rotating the camera.
Overall, King's Bounty is a fresh appearance in the RPG genre and is not a bad one. It brings some interesting features and every RPG fan can find here many hours of entertainment.