Achilles

Player Rating6.73/8

"#22 overall, #1 for 2015"
based on 831 ratings since 12/23/2015
played 13,002 times (finished 645)

Story Difficulty3/8

"trek through the forest"

Play Length7/8

"It keeps going and going"

Maturity Level6/8

"I'll need to see some identification"
Some material may be inappropriate for persons under age 16. If this were a movie, it would probably between PG-13 and R.

Take control of General Achilles, a human General trying to lead the human fleet to prosperity through politics and military means, while dealing with keeping humanity and it's allies together, dealing with a barbaric race of raiders and a powerful alien alliance. Will humanity crush it's enemies under it's boots? Will you form a peaceful coalition between all species? Or will you become humanity's downfall?

This is my first game, which I made with the help of Steve24833. I really hope you enjoy it. Please comment on any bugs, mistakes or other screw-ups I made. 

Hey, the sequel's here, Achilles II: The Chykri. Enjoy it!

Player Comments

I thought it was good. I actually skipped the first few pages, but eventually got more into it. I got an ending that involved peace with the Alliance and unifying the Galaxy. I'd like to think it's one of the better endings, haha.

Issues I had:
- I think you should have used items for the info dump on the first page. I'm sure some of it could have come in handy later, but right away it was too intimidating to bother reading.
- There were several times I had two choices that were worded the exact same way, but had different results.
- I never really was able to quantify what my strength actually meant. I know it refers to combat strength, but we never learn what our opponent's is, so there's not much value in knowing the number.
- The game was long, which is nice, but it seemed to be pretty linear is regards to where it went.
- I was fine with the "Problem -> Solution -> Repeat", method of playing the game for the most part, but when the war happened I would have preferred to be a little more proactive. I was never given the chance to do assassinations or spy, or learn what was happening from behind us. Despite us losing many resources, we just kind of ignored it.

All in all I enjoyed it. It has flaws, but it accomplishes what it sets out to do, so it's a solid 6/8.
-- Killa_Robot on 5/20/2015 4:14:26 PM with a score of 50
Okay, first off: this storygame is such a welcome relief from the huge pile of short, uninteresting games that have come out lately. It's well-written, the scripts and variables all work (as far as I could tell) and it all makes sense as one coherent package, including multiple chapters released together, instead of multiple truncated attempts at a game (which has become far too common).
Glowing compliments aside, the one aspect you could definitely improve on for next time is the transitions. the first chapter especially seemed like each page was totally disconnected from the next. A problem was posed, I picked a solution, the results were displayed, and suddenly a totally new problem was happening. Give me a story or something to drive me through the 1st chapter; by the time the 2nd and 3rd chapters came around, the game moved forward with a clear sense of overall purpose and direction. (although it was a little slow at times). The statistics drove a decent portion of the game, but it's the characters that make it come alive--and we don't deal too much with the characters in the first chapter. Once I stated getting a feel for who everyone was, though, everything started flowing much more nicely.
As a final compliment, your knowledge of Greek mythology is awesome. I loved all the references during the military upgrades selection (what were those Valkyries doing there, anyway?) the mythology added a little flavor to the game, and I appreciated it for that.

All in all, a great storygame, and I'm definitely looking forward to #2!
-- MagmaArmor0 on 5/18/2015 10:43:49 PM with a score of 45
it was a very good story
-- confirmed12 on 12/11/2017 12:19:40 PM with a score of 0
I crushed most of the alliance! It was an excellent game with a involving storyline
-- Jacques on 11/29/2017 7:53:59 AM with a score of 50
It's obvious that a huge amount of work went into the story. It's refreshing to have one like that now and again, with minimal action.
One little niggle I had is that often I was forced to make life-and-death decisions without much information at all - like what was the actual evidence that Cabana was a spy? But that would have taken a lot of extra pages to give us that.
-- JohnX on 11/27/2017 4:01:38 PM with a score of 0
The story was good but the ending was crap so it is not about the ending but the journey.
-- TGB on 11/2/2017 10:37:43 AM with a score of 0
i really enjoyed this adventure and the ability to serve as different styles of leaders. hope you enjoy your day
-- SomeGuy2k01 on 10/16/2017 7:43:53 PM with a score of 50
If you choose to meet the Garavan, there's no way to continue on Romulus. It happens on the third page when Achilles is in Romulus. There isn't even a notice saying that you can't continue.
-- EndDragon on 10/16/2017 1:55:07 PM with a score of 0
Just got the unity ending
-- nm13757 on 9/30/2017 8:46:26 PM with a score of 0
I liked it. Although, there are a few errors. It's a great read.
-- nm13757 on 9/30/2017 7:29:52 PM with a score of 50
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