Lords of Xulima

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Lords of Xulima
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Developer(s) Numantian Games
Publisher(s) Numantian Games
Director(s) Jesús Arribas
Composer(s) Nicolas de Ferran
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, OS X, Linux
ReleaseNovember 14, 2014
Genre(s) Role-playing
Mode(s) Single-player

Lords of Xulima is a 2014 role-playing video game developed by Numantian Games, released on Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. It is the first title released by Numantian Games, an indie game development studio based in Madrid, Spain. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, [1] [2] Lords of Xulima initially released on Steam for Windows, followed by Mac and Linux.

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Gameplay

Lords of Xulima is a turn-based role-playing video game with a first person combat view. The movement and exploration in the game takes place in a 2D isometric view.

Parties make up of 6 characters, with 9 classes to choose from. The turn-based combat in Lords of Xulima is not timed, so players can take their time and decide their next move. Enemies on the map are finite, as players receive a bonus for completely clearing an area of enemies. Some of the enemies are static, while the rest are initiated as a random encounter.

A random encounter is a feature commonly used in various role-playing games whereby combat encounters with non-player character (NPC) enemies or other dangers occur sporadically and at random, usually without the enemy being physically detected beforehand. In general, random encounters are used to simulate the challenges associated with being in a hazardous environment—such as a monster-infested wilderness or dungeon—with uncertain frequency of occurrence and makeup. Frequent random encounters are common in Japanese role-playing games like Dragon Quest,, Pokémon, and the Final Fantasy series.

Development

Lords of Xulima was developed by Numantian Games, an independent game studio, with a custom made engine. [3] On August 8, 2014, Lords of Xulima entered Steam Early Access. [4] Four months later, it officially released on Steam on November 14, 2014.

Reception

Lords of Xulima has received overall favorable reviews, with a 71% based on 9 critic reviews and 8.5 user score on Metacritic. [5]

Sequel

Lords of Xulima II is in the early development stages with no projected release date. [6]

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