Leylines is an intriguing turn-based strategy game of exploration and conquest.
Set in a fantasy world, it lets you pit your armies, magic and commerce against up to seven opponents and a hoard of barbarians. Start from a single city and work your way up to a grand empire. Train over fifty different units and cast over fifty different spells to gain the upper hand.
The source of your power lies in your cities, where your gold and units are produced. You can handle the micromanagement yourself, or leave it to the automated queuing system. A hands-on tutorial is available to get you started on city production and other things.
Build marketplaces to increase your cash flow, or magic portals to connect cities. Use spells to increase productivity. Keep the people happy by organising festivals, or crush them under heavy taxes. And build mighty Monoliths to be remembered by for generations to come.
Control fifty-five different units, from the lowly scout to the mighty bladesinger and from the stealthy druid to the awesome dragon. Find out which unit should be used to fight which enemy.
Units serve to explore the world and defeat enemy units on the battlefield. However many units have special powers such as building farms, teleportation or controlling enemies.
Over time, unit gain experience and become stronger. Also units can be enhanced by a variety of spells, such as Flame Aura, Storm Run and Imperviousness.
World maps range from tiny (24x24) to huge (64x64) and consist of twenty-five distinct terrain types.
Instead of playing a fixed scenario, you can use the random world generator. Specify size, climate and terrain diversity and you'll never lack for a new place to explore.
Of course every world comes with its hazards. Icebergs can sink your ships; your troops can scorch to death in the desert or catch disease in a swamp; and during winter the lakes freeze over and hills become impassable. Use hostile terrain to form natural barriers from your foes.