Kingdoms and Castles

An economic strategy game developed by Lion Shield, a team set up by former members of Maxis – the studio behind the SimCity series. In contrast to the aforementioned franchise, Kingdom and Castles is set in a fantasy world. You take the role of the manager of a small village which you are to develop and transform into a thriving city with a castle able to withstand enemy attacks. During gameplay, you need to gather resources necessary for putting up buildings. Also, you need to skilfully manage farms so as to feed all your peasants. However, if you forget that seasons in this title change, you might face famine. You have to strike a balance between the satisfaction of the inhabitants and the tax rates you impose on them. The objective is to defend your city from Viking raids and dragons attacks. To survive, you need to build castles with defensive walls and watchtowers.

PC / Windows
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Kingdoms and Castles

Kingdoms and Castles | PC

Strategy, fantasy, Economic, RTS, city builder

Companies responsible for Kingdoms and Castles

Lion Shield | game developer

Lion Shield | publisher   Official website

Kingdoms and Castles release date for PC:

game language:
English

20 July 2017 | Worldwide

20 July 2017 | Europe

20 July 2017 | USA

Game mode: single player
Expectations: 9.5 / 10 calculated out of 21 players' votes.  

Published on PC / Windows, Kingdom and Castles is a real-time strategy focusing on aspects of economy and defence. The title is developed by Lion Shield a studio set up by former employees of Maxis.

Plot

The action is embedded in a classic fantasy world. You assume the role of a manager of a small village. Your job is to transform it into a prosperous metropolis and, by the way, to build a castle able to defend against enemies.

The plot is not really that important it only propels the action. Then, the game mostly comes down to pure gameplay.

Mechanics

Mechanics in Kingdom and Castles for PC / Windows are based on the well-proven formula employed before by a number of economy strategy games. During gameplay, you need to gather resources, like wood and stone, in order to erect buildings. Also, you have to skilfully manage farms so as to feed all your peasants. This is all the more difficult due to the system of season cycles if you do not gather enough supplies for winter, you might suffer famine. Different plagues also pose a real problem.

Finding a balance between the satisfaction of the inhabitants and the tax rates is also vital. Your peasants will be even more happy if you build churches and organise different festivals.

Your lands are regularly attacked by Vikings who do so in order to steal your treasures and kidnap peasants. From time to time, the kingdom is attacked by dragons. If you want to have any chance of survival, you need to build castles with defensive walls and diverse watchtowers. The system responsible for that gives you loads of freedom and a huge number of configurations. For example, the height of each structure which influences e.g. the attack range of its garrison is completely up to you.

Age Rating

age requirements: everyone

System requirements

Recommended: Intel Core i5-3470 2.7 GHz/AMD FX-6300 3.2 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 660/Radeon HD 7870 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit
Minimum: Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0 GHz/Athlon 64 X2 6400+ 2.5 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 256 MB GeForce GTX 260/Radeon HD 5670 or better, 1 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7/8/8.1 64-bit