A Kingdom for Keflings

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a game by NinjaBee, and Wahoo Studios
Platform: PC (2008)
Editor Rating: 9/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 6.0/10 - 1 vote
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A Kingdom for Keflings
A Kingdom for Keflings
A Kingdom for Keflings
A Kingdom for Keflings

The Keflings, a tiny civilization of cute little gnome-like creatures, need a helping hand from giants to build up their humble kingdom. A Kingdom for Keflings charms players with its unique take on world simulation and city-building games.

Unlocking Potential Piece by Piece

A Kingdom for Keflings starts simply, tasking players with helping a few Keflings build basic structures like farms, houses, and wells. As more Keflings arrive and jobs are completed, new buildings and tools unlock. Players are gradually introduced to more complex objectives and management tasks.

This approach allows the game to leisurely introduce its systems one by one. Players learn about trading resources, allocating jobs, and managing Kefling's happiness at a manageable pace. The slow unveiling of new possibilities keeps the gameplay fresh and engaging throughout the 15-20 hours it takes to complete the campaign.

Crafting a Magical Medieval Realm

The game's controls are intuitive, allowing players to easily place buildings, rotate structures, and pan around the map. Players can freely decorate the landscape with trees, rocks, paths, and flowers. As the kingdom grows, so too does the player's ability to customize it.

The Keflings themselves add lots of charm and personality. They go about their daily routines, socialize with each other, get married, and have children. Watching the Keflings' civilization expand and take shape over time is infinitely entertaining. Players truly feel like kindly giants watching over a medieval fantasy realm.

While not as robust as city-building simulation games like Cities: Skylines or SimCity, A Kingdom for Keflings shares similarities to indie titles like Banished, Townscaper, and Kingdom Two Crowns.

Like Banished, AKfK focuses on a more simplistic and relaxing kingdom growth experience. Players must balance resources and needs while slowly expanding their civilization.

Townscaper offers a similar aesthetic focus, with charming graphics and simple yet satisfying town-building mechanics. AKfK elaborates on Townscaper's formula by adding more gameplay systems and progression.

While not a direct clone of any game, AKfK draws inspiration from several sources to craft its unique hybrid of world-building, simulation, and casual medieval theming.

Kingdom Management features

AKfK tasks players with managing various aspects of the Keflings' kingdom, including:

  • Resource Gathering - Players must acquire resources like wood, stone, and food for construction. Keflings collect these automatically from assigned gathering buildings.

  • Job Assignments - Keflings work various jobs, from farmers to builders to traders. Players must optimize job assignments to meet resource needs and demands.

  • Construction - Players place various buildings including houses, farms, wells, markets, walls, and more. Resources and job assignments determine construction speeds.

  • Happiness - Keflings with high happiness produce more resources, while unhappy Keflings become less productive. Players must satisfy Keflings' needs for housing, food, and community.

  • Expansion - As the kingdom grows, players unlock new zones to expand into and explore. Each new zone introduces different challenges and opportunities.

Review: 9/10

While not revolutionary, A Kingdom for Keflings elegantly combines soothing visuals, zen-like gameplay, and satisfying progression to craft an enchanting kingdom-building experience. The game may not offer the depth and complexity of genre titans, but it more than makes up for it with charm, personality, and addictive gameplay.


Highly recommended for fans of relaxing colony simulators looking for something lighthearted yet substantial.


  • Gorgeous watercolor visuals and animations
  • Relaxing and satisfying kingdom building
  • Intuitive controls and aesthetic map design
  • Engaging population of Kefling citizens
  • Challenging yet accessible resource management and job optimization
  • Good value with 15-20 hours of content


  • Limited defense and combat options
  • A bit easy and simplistic for hardcore city builders
  • Low replay value once the campaign is complete

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System requirements:

  • PC compatible
  • Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP

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