What a pleasant surprise this game is turning out to be. Released today on Steam in full, and my first hour has been a joy. It has the town building and map exploration of HoMM, combined with combat similar to Xcom. I doubted this store description when I first read it, but so far, it has been exactly that. The HoMM parts are more similar to HoMM3 than the more recent titles, and that is just perfect to me. You build town upgrades to allow more units per team, or to allow additional teams, or various other perks. The teams are not made up of stacks of units, but instead, individual heroes with special abilities and spells. There are physics abilities during combat that allow you to kick a barrel into an enemy, or knock a tree over on top of an enemy, as examples. I believe it goes deeper than that as well later on, combining moves that will have you kicking your own teammates into obstacles, chaining into yet another obstacle or enemy.
My only gripes so far are minor. The dialogue is a bit childish in its attempts at humor. This may well just be my own taste, but it isn’t a big enough deal to impact my enjoyment so far. Also, I wish some of the dialogue was voiced. I think this is a missed opportunity by the devs here. I couldn’t help but think how awesome it would be to have the narrator actually speaking his parts instead of making the player read it.