The Hordeis a hybrid action-strategy video game that was originally released on the3DOplatform, but was soon after ported to theSega SaturnandMS-DOS. It was an unusual hybrid of action and strategy game for the time. It also featured full-motion video sequences featuring a number of actors includingKirk Cameronas Chauncey andMichael Gregoryas Kronus Maelor. Video sequences were reduced to slideshows (with full sound) in some versions.
The game was bundled with theRealMagicMPEG playback card as a demonstration of the card's abilities to play back full motion MPEG video via the card's hardware decoder, at the time software MPEG decoding was not viable due to the lack of processing power in contemporary processors.
The music was composed byBurke Trieschmannand wonComputer Gaming World's Premiere Award for Best Musical Score in 1994.