The Settlers 2
- Regular followers of our bargain bin pages will know that we reviewed Settlers I a couple of issues ago and were very clear in our opinion that it was dated by modern standards, and that we'd much rather have Settlers lion budget instead. Well what do you know? Settlers II has just turned up on budget for our perusal, and verily it is a Cmust-buy' for anyone with even a vague interest in real-time strategy games. This is one of the first games to make little computer people fashonable, and while Settlers 2 is not strictly speaking a C&C clone, it shares many game elements with the genre, with competing players building houses, managing troops (to a limited extent) and mining for resources before wading into their opponents' territory to give them a good seeing-to. Settlers II is perhaps a tad more cute graphically than its C&C contemporaries, but generally there's a lot more to do than just build things and kill people. Looking at the game today, it's safe to say it was well ahead of its time when it was first released, and we have no hesitation in recommending it wholeheartedly to you now.