Kingdom & Castles

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a game by Lion Shield, LLC
Platform: PC
Editor Rating: 7.8/10, based on 2 reviews, 1 review is shown
User Rating: 7.5/10 - 4 votes
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See also: SimCity Games, Strategy, Medieval Games
Kingdom & Castles
Kingdom & Castles
Kingdom & Castles
Kingdom & Castles

Base-building games got a fantasy twist with the recently developed game, Kingdom and Castles. In this picturesque world filled with dangers such as dragons and Vikings, you need to grow a tiny hamlet into a city-kingdom. Doing this is full of challenges. There’s no telling when or even if an enemy will descend on your village before you have so much as a stick to shake at it. Do you slow progress by building defenses right away, or cross your fingers that Vikings are on lunch break while you’re building your granary? The choice is yours.

An interesting mix of genres

Kingdoms and Castles is a unique game inspired by many different genres. If SimCity and Stronghold had a baby, this game would be that child. The game gives you a wealth of options in building and creating your world, as well as specific challenges that must be addressed in a real-time basis. It can be a little stressful trying to get your hamlet off the ground, but that’s part of the excitement and adventure of building up your little town.

Different challenge levels

The developers seem to understand that not everyone can be ready for Vikings the first second they take control of their Hamlet. At the beginning of the game you can set challenge difficulties, which allow you to decide whether Vikings will be breathing down your neck before your first grainery is built, or whether these problems crop up a little later in the game. This allows a wide mix of people to enjoy Kingdoms and Castles, no matter what their level of play ability might be.

No tutorials

Although the game is relatively simple to play, you’ll want to turn to Wiki guides before playing. Not everything in the game is intuitive, and if you try to play just on what seems likely you’ll end up with starving people or the entire Hamlet on fire.

An example of a not-so intuitive aspect of the game is the fire control. In order to reduce the speed at which fires spread, you need to have more wells. If you picture little villagers running to the wells to put out the fires however, you’re wrong---just the hole itself makes objects less flammable.

Where you initially place your buildings also has a huge impact on the game. If you don’t place your first buildings close to needed resources, you’ll struggle the rest of the game. Once initial needs are met however, it doesn’t matter too much where new buildings are placed.

8

This is a very cute game, with a lot of possibilities for those who enjoy base-building. If you love medieval settings, this game will keep you entertained for hours as you watch your tiny hamlet grow into a big and prosperous city. While it’s not always intuitive, a little research prior to playing will help you get as much enjoyment as possible out of this game.

Pros:

  • Cute art style
  • Entertaining base-building game
  • Multiple challenge levels

Cons:

  • No tutorial/not intuitive

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System requirements:

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

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