Kingdoms and Castles is a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle. It's published on July 20, 2017, by Lion Shield and it's also developed by the same studio. You can play Kingdoms and Castles on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Macintosh operating systems
Before I start with the review, I want to tell you about my personal experience of this game. There is no much to tell, so I'll be short.
I had an incredibly great experience with it and I'm 100% sure everyone who'll play it will have an incredible experience, too!
Yeah, I know that there are a lot of games like this one(Banished, Hearthlands..) so nobody will play something they played 15 times before blablabla. That's not something you should say about this game . No matter if you played a lot of games like this one or whatever because you're gonna enjoy the system this game offers. The main goal in this game is actually economy balance, and you'll have a lot of struggle to keep it balanced. If you overproduce something it may cause traffic jams, if you run out of medicine then your villagers are gonna die and there is a bunch of things that will keep this game interesting and fresh, tho' you'll have extra experience struggling not to fail because it's a hard game.
Before I go on, I'll say something simple. This game is not for everyone, if you don't like city building games, don't play it. If you like them - this one is going to blow your mind.
The graphics details are pretty good for this game-type and in this game, you have different skill levels to play on. Is the economy everything in this game? It's not, try playing on a tough regular game and see your city attacked by opponents(Vikings and Dragons). When you understand the basics, this game is not going to be hard as it was when you were starting(which means that it's seriously fresh game). You can challenge yourself to collect all the achievements(the game has 12) and that's going to make this game even better/more interesting for you.
Now when we are finished with all the great things this game has, let me mention some bad things that need to be fixed. This game is short. You can finish it in something like 20-25 hours as every building can be built within the first hour of gameplay. If I'm the developer, I would definitely add some advanced buildings to keep the players playing.
Let's see all the pros and cons of this game, explain them, and then see whether I'm recommending it to you or not.
- Interesting and fun to play - It has a ton of new things you haven't seen before to offer.
- Nice graphics details
- Cheap price - It costs only 10$
- It's a challenging game
- Different skill levels
- Dragons and Vikings - they can attack your city
- It has achievements
There is a lot of Pro's for this game, right? Let's see the Con's now.
- Dragons are easily defeated
- You can't manage citizens
- Game engine crashes pretty often
- It's a short game
- Easy to learn
That's everything needed to necessary about Pros and Con's in this game. Well, before anything else, you can see that there are more Pros than Con's. Does it matter? In this case, it does.
Kingdoms and Castles is a game with great graphical details, hard enough to keep you playin' and some players may even take the "easy to learn" as a Pro. I personally don't because I want to be challenged by a game, that actually makes the game interesting to me so I've put that as the Con. As a game that delivers something new to the genre and that's fun to play, with a 10€ cost, It's highly recommended from me. I'll rate it 8/10, as there are a lot of cons, but if you're a city building genre fan - you won't regret your money.