Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen
Genre: Real Time Strategy RPG
Let’s face facts: if you were an RPG fan, the Super Nintendo was the place to be in the early nineties. Nearly every role-playing game that I can think of that I have fond memories of came from 1993 and the years surrounding it. While Squaresoft was pumping out games like Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy VI at the time, there were other companies staking land in other corners of the RPG marketplace, including their soon to be partners, Enix.
Ogre Battle: The March of the Black Queen is a game that falls into the ‘classic’ stable of games from the Super Nintendo era, as well. While the gameplay itself might make some people shake their heads, most gamers who grew up with the system know of Ogre Battle, even if by extension of some of the later entries in the series. I’ve found, though, that when asking people about this game, if they have played it, the opinions vary consistently.
With that said, here’s my take on the first entry to the series.