There’s something special about board games that sets them apart from other forms of entertainment. Part of the appeal is sitting down and spending time with family or friends, but there is also strategic thinking, visualization, and the satisfaction of seeing a well-thought-out plan come together.
Domionions 3 captures many of a board game’s most enjoyable aspects in the form of a PC game. While you lose the face-to-face communication, you maintain the diplomacy that one finds in games with a multitude of players, as well as strategy and fun. Convincing an opponent to focus his efforts on someone other than you is engaging and a big part of Dominions.
Unlike other competitive games that emphasize reaction time and split-second decisions, Dominions utilizes deep thought and careful consideration of moves. As a turn-based game, a player has more time more time to consider his or her options and weigh each one. Does this make it too easy?
Only if you fail to realize the game’s incredible depth. There are long lists of nations, units, items, and spells that must be considered with each move and doing so takes skill and time. One of the game’s more interesting angles is the amount of time it can span. Playing one or two turns at a time over the course of weeks allows for long-lasting enjoyment that doesn’t consume large portions of a day.