Lion Shield’s strategy building simulation Kingdoms and Castles is a prime example of why medieval cities are still fun to protect.
Building structures and caring about the people who live in them is what makes a great strategy game, and if every part of the economy works as it’s supposed to, happiness is secured after hours of labor. It’s no different with this game that tasks players to create small villages and expand them to cities that are protected by castles. Having an eye on tax policies, farming, industry, religious institutions, and defenses plays a major part when deciding about the city’s growth, strength, and each resident’s happiness. These decisions also determine if the invasions by vikings or even a dragon can be fought back. With a world dynamically changing and evolving with the seasons, there’s always something to do.
The game was originally crowdfunded with Fig and was continually improved, and it shows. The dynamic world with a stylized procedural cloud system and season cycle from summer to winter looks simply stunning. Watching birds fly and trees grow is a soothing experience, and fighting back enemies or dealing with other dangers adds that extra bit of tension. There might already be many building simulations, but this seems like a very polished product so far.
The game is now out on PC with no launch discount, but as the price isn’t that high and the developer promised even more interesting updates in the future with a hero system, map special features, and even VR support, it’s worth grabbing, anyway.
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