RPG Spotlight: King's Bounty

Five years before New World Computing brought us the first Heroes of Might and Magic and eighteen years before Katauri Interactive demonstrated how to do a remake right, there was King's Bounty. Originally released in 1990 by the eventual HoMM creators themselves (in between Might and Magic II and III), King's Bounty certainly wasn't the first video game to blend strategy and RPG into the same package. But thanks to the addictive way in which the player rises in power, the unique turn-based battlefield mechanics, and its considerable replayability, King's Bounty has gone on to influence over two decades of successful follow-up titles.

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