I still hold out hope that I can find a good indie settlement builder game om Keymailer, despite my utter dislike of both Noble fates and Medieval Trader Simulator. When I saw Make your kingdom I was once again renewed with my spark of hope and decided to request it and give it a go.
You can see my first play here.
The game blurb promises much and delivers… meh?
- Go all the way from an ordinary settlement, whose citizens can hardly make the ends meet, to a huge and rich kingdom.
Then how the fuck do we get there via air transport and why is the mission to make more air transport?
- Resource and resource production management.
Not really, nothing special about it.
- Unique design with original models of buildings.
Very similar to every other game like it, ever. With even some subtle blatant copies from Anno.
- A variety of resources for building and improving your structures.
Didn’t get far enough to see if existing buildings can be upgraded but VERY similar to the Anno series where you need X building within X buildings influence.
- Dynamic day-night cycle and different weather conditions due to the changing of the seasons.
The timing of which makes no fucking sense, with 9pm still having full sunlight and people working – but 8.30am is pitch black?
- An ability to see the life of your settlement from the inside as a founding settler.
Useless feature, hate everything about it. Graphics look better the further away you are (Clueless quote about Monet, insert here).
I don’t know if this is because I am a seasoned veteran of games like Banished, Anno & Tropico but this game just doesn’t do it for me, and what’s worse is that it tries to too much but ends up offering too little in return.
The idea that I could pour hours into this game only to be done over by a natural disaster you can’t defend against (earthquakes) its just even more off putting to really throw any more time at this.
I suppose the price point makes it more attractive if you are on a budget, but you can get Anno For roughly the same price if you look outside of steam.
2 paws out of 5
My partner enjoyed it more than I did, but I, as a hard core veteran of games like Anno, Banished & Tropico – this game just doesn’t do it for me. An earthquake can ruin everything, which makes long campaigns impossible and futile.