War. War never changes. Well, until the orcs get involved... and the undead... and the elves... and, well, I guess war changes a little bit more than you might expect in Necronator 2, a real-time strategy game with tower defense elements from Toge Productions. In this sequel to the original Necronator, the titular dark lord you controlled in the original is back! It's your job to show him what happens to dark lords (hint: it's not tea and cookies.)
The majority of the action is controlled with the mouse, though it's much easier to scroll around and keep track of what's going on with the [arrow] keys. Make sure you grab the money your defeated foes drop with the mouse as well! Your goal is to claim the enemy's castle at the opposite side of each stage from your own. You battle your opponents by building units which are then largely automated and will march towards the opposing castle, dealing with any baddies or enemy structures they find along the way. While you can give basic orders to charge, halt and retreat, your units generally do a pretty good job of taking care of themselves so you're largely there to deal with the bigger picture of the battle. There's a variety of ranged and melee combat units available, plus you're also able to cast spells to help out more directly and upgrade your units and magic between fights. After each battle, you can spend "shields" you've earned from victories on things like unlocking new units, applying upgrades, purchasing spells, and more. If you're struggling, you can always choose another difficulty setting for each stage.
The graphics are well-defined and clear, the sound certainly works and the gameplay is plenty of fun, but perhaps the most interesting aspect of this game is the creators' promise that it will be updated on a regular basis. While right now you're only able to play as the human faction, more factions are promised along with new spells, hero units and levels. Even with only the Human faction available at the time of this writing, however, Necronator 2 is still a solid, straightforward RTS packed with a ton of different stages, units to unlock, spells to try, and bad guys to fry that's worth your time.