_Hills and Rivers Remain_ is a fast-paced real-time strategy game in which
two or more medieval warlords attempt to eliminate each other’s armies. Each
map is based around a number of cities and the roads that connect them.
Whichever army controls a given village can use it to conscript additional
troops, which can then be marched to neighboring cities (not unlike Galcon,
except that troop movement is restricted to predefined routes). Later in the
game, assorted special buildings are introduced which provide bonuses to the
warlord who controls them. A variety of treasures provide single-use temporary
bonuses, which adds an additional dimension of tactical depth.
In addition to the main storyline (in which the player controls a young
warlord named Alan who begins to doubt his motivations for fighting), the game
features a free-play mode. Additional free-play maps are available as (usually
free) downloadable content.