This is a fantasy game set in the world Glorantha, most likely known only by board game roleplayers. But alas, this is a computer game, and a fine one at that, despite the limited promotion. Originally released in 1999, is being reworked for iOS as of now.
The genre is slightly difficult to categorize. You play this small village with seven council members set out to unite (or ruin) the other villages and create a tribe. There is a lot of Glorantha lore, and the game is reliant on a lot of dialogue.
You have these aspects of a strategy game, where you allocate farmers, footmen, thralls and hunters and other large scale settings like area of your farmland, trading partners and so on.
Yet, it is also a game with adventure and roleplay elements, where you choose the actions your council members take in certain situations. Here is a few pictures to illustrate some of the different actions you may be forced to choose in the game.
This is the main management screen, where you can make two changes for your clan every season
The art for the game is quite nice, with unique artwork for every choice of yours and even though it has no graphical movement whatsoever, the atmosphere is stunning largely due to the excellent soundtrack.
There is a lot of different choices which play a huge impact on how the game develops. For example, there is one scenario where you may discover a new tribe of certain duck-people. If you approach them peacefully, it might develop toward a pact of sorts but the village members might be disturbed by the strange race. You can also force them to give you a part of their harvest every year to help feed your villagers, but this may create a feud in long term, even though you satisfy your villagers hunger in the short term. You can also demand to take over their lands or declare war on them immediately.
The religion is an important part of your village. In the image above you are trying to perform a heroquest, where you venture to the lands of the gods in order to gain some sort of wealth for your land. It often comes with a great price to perform a heroquest, but it is also necessary to create a tribe. A major part of your cow herd will die by being sacrifices to gods to learn their mysteries and help in desperate times.
With that said, the game is really difficult and I haven't gotten very far myself, despite trying several times on average difficulty.
The poor ducks...
This is an extremely addictive and gripping game which is definitely worth playing. If you do not want to try the old version for the PC, you could wait a month or so for the iOS release which will make it one of the better titles released for iphone/ipad.