Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms is exactly that, it’s an idle style of game, similar to other clickers and idle titles out there, where you constantly make progress just by having the game open. Developed by Codename Entertainment Inc., a team that is only known for their previous idle game Crusaders of the Lost Idols, so the team knows what they’re doing when it comes to the genre.
Originally released on PC on the 7th September 2017, this downloadable game constantly receives updates while it remains in Early Access on Steam.
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Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms Review
The game is set in the Forgotten Realms universe, which is one of the campaign settings for the famous Dungeons & Dragons table-top role-playing game. But with actually no real story to speak of, let’s skip it and go straight onto the visuals.
Visually speaking, the game uses a rather simple style, with enough detail to keep the player’s interest without having too much work put into it. The visuals are of that of a typical fantasy title and keep the same aesthetic throughout, without ever taking too much from the gameplay at all.
As with many other games in the genre, you don’t actually have to play the game at all to make any progress, as over time you’ll make some money of which you can spend on your team of idle heroes. Each hero in the game has their own particular strengths and weaknesses, such as the spellcasters that will die quickly but can cause a significant amount of damage to enemies, providing they’re given the chance.
The reason it’s important on what strengths and weaknesses your heroes have is because the game has a unique strategy component to it, where instead of simply clicking on enemies to kill them faster (which you can still do), you can move heroes around your side of the screen. This way you can position them into different formations to find out the one that works the best for you and gives you the maximum amount of damage output.
Each stage has you kill a certain number of monsters before you move onto the next stage. Each time you move onto the next stage the monsters get harder, but they’ll drop more gold once they are defeated until eventually, you’ll need to upgrade your heroes some more.
To level anyone up, you simply have to spend some of your cold-hard cash and that character will then level up, making them stronger overall. Another way to improve characters is through the use of equipment that you’ll find in chests that you’ll come across at random. This equipment will give you a number of different statistics and buffs to a character and can be swapped out at will whenever you desire.
In terms of comparisons, the game is incredibly similar to the developers last game that looks almost identical to this one in some regards, just with a few changes here and there. That and the popular idle/clicker games, such as the downloadable Clicker Heroes or Clicker Heroes 2 has clearly had an impact on the game to some degree.
Anyone that's on the lookout for a different take on the genre with a couple of interesting changes to the overall mechanics will find Idle Champions of the Forgotten Realms a nice change to the classic formula.
- Strategy and formation are a nice addition to make the genre more engaging
- Wide variety of heroes and enemies to enjoy
- Can run on pretty much anyone's PC without any trouble
- Microtransactions can make it really hard to progress at times
- Visually, it isn't the most impressive idle game out there