This is a map which is centered on a bridge. The enemy approach and their only way of crossing the river is over it. The bridge should be well guarded as their will be a large amount of troops who will attack you. I have sorted out the balance on this map, so it is not as easy as The Wolfs Wrath.
This map blew my mind when I started playing it. There's lots of open room and resources, lots of fun. There are some issues, that I will go into, with out them, Im sure this map would definitly be a 5!
Play: LOTS of wide open spaces, as said before. It looks and plays like a freebuild map, which not hard mind you, still ALOT of fun. Problem: The bridge connecting you to the sign is yours, and can easily be taken out. Thats not much fun to just sit there and shoot away at the enemy if/ when they come *getting to that*(+1)
Balance: The map its self is well balanced for a high resource game. Its not patchy and PLEANTY of everything. *SUBMIT THIS AS A FREEBUILD! SUBMIT THIS AS A FREEBUILD*
However, the animals are not balanced. With a good sized army on your side, the enemy simply doesnt come. Theres not enought spirts. I found my self killing deer to produce my army. not that good...(0)
Creativity: VERY VERY NICE. This is a well done map, lots of new feel to it. The map isnt over processed, as some maps can be. Its has just the correct balance of eyecandy and playablity which show alot of initiative on the artists part. The story lacks some, as it plays on my pet peeve..(+1)
Map: IT LOOKS GREAT! It feels great! What more can I say. *make it a freebuild* Again, the flaw: The bridge and too many sprites. :( (+1)
Story: Its pretty well an average story, one catch: The rat. I know that were not given alot of choice as to who attacks, but I think that using "the rat" is quite a cop-out. There is definitly room for inprovement there.
I think with a few quick adjustments, this map could be a high 4, but until then, its score remains. ;)