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7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat

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What Ancients Begat is a complete (~15 hour) game of family generations surviving the rise of western civilization. Survival is the ultimate goal. The sub-goals, you choose, build their story.


Experience an abstract telling of the lives of our earliest recorded ancestors. Part board game, part machine, part nod to computer games of yore, it begins with a simple mechanic. Spend tokens to traverse the wheel of life. Earn tokens by tempting the jaws of death. Then, like layers upon a pearl, game play expands, introducing fresh tactics and strategies which, turn by turn, drive a sophisticated, emergent narrative. How you play defines the lives of one family's generations through the changing ages.


An enormous tableau of ancient western culture awaits your exploration:


  • Core Mechanic - Back and forth tactics, across four social boundaries, to win legend points.
  • Family Strategy - Romance. Raise children. Rite of Passage.
  • Family Drama - Tales in the life. Sibling rivalry. Failed branches. Graveyard of ancestry.
  • Grand Legends - Earned over generations, they strengthen your family: Discoveries and Invention. Social Advancement. Heroics.
  • Ruling Games - City Administration. Warring Kingdoms. Imperial Senate.
  • The Challenges of an Age - Special for each social level. Survive and overcome, to enter a new age.
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Developer
Mousechief
Publisher
Mousechief
Age rating
Not rated
Website
http://www.7grandsteps.com

System requirements for macOS

Minimum:
  • OS:10.5.8
  • Processor:1GHz
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:1024x768
  • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Recommended:
  • OS:10.5.8
  • Processor:1GHz
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:1024x768
  • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space

System requirements for PC

Minimum:
  • OS:XP
  • Processor:1GHz
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:1024x768
  • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
Recommended:
  • OS:XP
  • Processor:1GHz
  • Memory:1 GB RAM
  • Graphics:1024x768
  • Hard Drive:200 MB HD space
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7 Grand Steps: What Ancients Begat reviews and comments

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Microsoft from Deutsch
Basically a nice Idea, but also no more than a simple Board game. One moves one's Figure (s) with Coins over a Wheel (the Playing field), which rotates after each Round. The Coins have different Symbols and fit certain Fields to move to. In Doing so, one tries to collect Symbols with different Values in order to get certain Advantages, which can be maintained even after Generations, because one can also enter into a Partnership and have Children. As I said, a nice Idea overall, but after 60 Minutes you have enough. A turn-based Strategy game that provides little Variety. I received it very cheaply in the event of an Action and would therefore make a Recommendation, as the regular Price is currently €19.90, I would advise against it.
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Microsoft from French
I really like this game. I will not extend too much because there are good reviews like that of FloBoy_Killer_Fr (it is not invented). But it might not please everyone. The game has a really old school side (small resolution, drawing-based graphics) to end up on a 15-inch CRT screen. It sticks well enough with what is supposed to reproduce this game: a Carnival machine developed with springs, buttons and other levers. But there's a pretty addictive side to civilization, and its one more turn. The game makes us evolve over the ages, to make us endure or not the name of our family, to change the regime, to try to reach the high spheres of society... To make a lot of children but not to train them all (we have in some way a limited capital of tokens that we will dispose of either to do actions or to educate his children-the heir or heiress will be the one that we shall embody thereafter. This is a game where I spent 15 hours at the moment and I will probably come back several times in the future. I don't really know if it has an end, because I often ended up in the crocodile pond! The suspense remains whole.
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Microsoft from French
Overall interest: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ 7 Grand steps is a board game/reflection in the world of Greek mythology or you have to choose a balance between advancing on the plateau using a token vs not moving/backing up to produce tokens. To this is a certain humor or you can make children when making tokens and then grow them and move to adulthood so that they take over. In short, a good surprise found in bundle as the game talisman that I also recommend. Graphics: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ the graphics are not the strength of the game. The game does not have full screen or graphic settings, we play in small screen, the graphics are pretty poor and little colored, not precise. Music/sound: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ the minimum is there, an ambience music that accompanies the player correctly. A little mythological music and noises of displacement and token recovery. Nothing fancy. Gameplay: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ not very complicated: we click to move. The game has a certain strategic interest and it is getting harder and harder with real decisions to make to progress. Lifetime: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ a game that is launched 2-3 times a month. We can make long parts because the sessions to finish the levels are getting longer and longer.
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