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If you’ve got an interest in turn-based strategy adventure games, you will probably have seen the name Renowned Explorers pop up online if you frequent TechRaptor. This game, which was released in 2015 as a PC exclusive, puts you in charge of a cast of colorful characters searching for uncharted territory and ancient artifacts. Abbey Games already released one expansion for the game and they are now preparing to release a second expansion for the exploration-themed game titled Renowned Explorers: The Emperor’s Challenge!

Your crew, representing The International Society, has been spotted, covertly landing in an undisclosed location East from Borneo in Indonesia, at the behest of Emperor Guāngxù. Hot on their heels comes your arch rival, Matthieu Rivaleux, making a conspicuous landing at the bustling docks along with his crack team of investigators. The locals were clamouring for autographs from Rivaleux, whose dazzling smile was flashing for the throngs of dedicated fans. No sooner were the teams ashore, but a race began to the Temple of Trance involving; miraculous feats of physical prowess, underhanded trickery, and no small amount of charming smiles to get the locals to lend a hand! What does the lovable (but somewhat eccentric) Chinese Emperor have in store for these two renowned teams? What amazing discoveries can we expect in the archaeological dream, Indonesia?

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Indonesia is an untamed land full of mysteries to uncover in a race against the clock between you and your rival Matthieu Rivaleux. Renowned Explorers: The Emperor’s Challenge supplies you with new characters to add to your team of brave explorers. One of these is Suh Min-Jeong, a young prodigy skilled in the art of diplomacy and archaeology. Another new explorer you can collect and use in your campaigns is the rogueish Wang Yu who’s not afraid of putting his knowledge of fireworks to the test.

With this expansion comes a new mode the game’s title is based on: the Emperor’s Challenge! This mode cranks up the difficulty significantly and needs players to “adapt their strategies on the fly for a new level challenge”.

Our review of Renowned Explorers, along with its first expansion More to Explore gave the game an 8.0, with our reviewer concluding that it’s, “Challenging but rewarding, a mix of role-play and exploration with a fun cast of characters and unique combat mechanics.”

What do you think of Renowned Explorers: The Emperor’s Challenge expansion? Let us know in the comment section down below!


Chris Anderson

Staff Writer

I've been playing games since I was just barely able to walk, and I never really stopped playing them. When I'm not fulfilling my duties as senior staff writer and tech reviewer, I'm either working on music, producing one of two podcasts or doing freelance work.


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