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Create a cozy little medieval world with Kingdoms and Castles on Xbox

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Kingdoms & Castles is on Xbox

Looking for a city building RTS combined with simulation and resource management? Kingdoms and Castles looks to be just that as it launches on Xbox. 

Kingdoms and Castles from BlitWorks Games and Lion Shield is a cozy little medieval city builder that promises to allow you to have nothing but fun. Steering clear of any complex mechanics that are usually found in games of the genre, Kingdoms and Castles attempts to go simple, letting you kick back and build. When you consider BlitWorks have just been behind the brilliant Train Valley 2: Community Edition, hopes are high for this one.

A cozy new city builder

Priced at £12.49 from the Xbox Store, Kingdoms and Castles is playable across both Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, with full optimisation in tow for those on newer consoles. It’s coming to PlayStation and Nintendo Switch soon too. 

A game that will allow you to create the city of your dreams, in Kingdoms and Castles you’ll be tasked with designing, managing, building, fortifying and defending your homestead, all as you try to keep a handle on the real living world elements that play out. If you’re at all familiar with the city building or resource management genres, you should know what to expect here; just with a more simple take on matters to help you along. 

Key features

  • Design the city. Strategically plan your city to increase the happiness of your villagers and attract new residents. Offering more than 80 different buildings between accommodations, public services, military facilities, defense buildings, crops…
  • Manage resources. Decide how you invest the different supplies (wood, iron, stone, iron, coal, food and money) and make sure you are producing enough to keep growing. Command your citizens to work, harvest or build. The more homes you offer, the more civilians can live in your kingdom, resulting in greater tax collection and work speed, but keep in mind that you will need to produce more food and serve the needs of more people!
  • Take care of your citizens. Make sure they are happy and lacking for nothing, or they will start leaving the kingdom! Taking care of the taxes you apply, managing food reserves throughout the year, keeping them protected from enemy attacks and offering hospitals, libraries or baths will make them stay by your side for generations.
  • Fortify and defend. Ruling a kingdom is not easy… Vikings, dragons, wolves and ogres will attack your city and villagers every so often, so make sure you build enough defense towers and walls protecting key sites on the map! Having an army does not harm you, either…
  • Set in a living world that offers change of seasons that influences harvests, dynamic clouds, herds of animals and growing forests. You can add other kingdoms to the same map to forge alliances!

Multiple game modes and playstyles

Kingdoms and Castles comes with a variety of game modes too. These should let you find your own unique playstyle as you build things up and look for a challenge. Whether you are looking to be creative or prefer to go all-in with everything the game has to offer, the following will be in place…

  • Creative: fully customized sandbox mode to experiment.
  • Paxlon: peaceful mode without enemy encounters. Long summers and accessible winters.
  • Sommer: easy mode, few encounters and nice weather.
  • Vintar: hard mode for the ones seeking a bit of a challenge. More enemy encounters and bigger risk if civilians’ happiness goes down.
  • Falle: survival mode. Regular encounters, limited resources and destructible headquarters. Precise management is necessary to move the kingdom forward.

Buy now and play on Xbox

Kingdoms and Castles is on the Xbox Store right now. That £12.49 asking price should make these a decent temptation for anyone on Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S. 

Stay tuned for our review. It’s coming real soon.

Kingdoms & Castles on Xbox Game Description

Kingdoms and Castles is a city-building simulation game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city and imposing castle._x000d_

Your kingdom must survive a living and dangerous world. Do the viking raiders make off with your villagers? Or are they stopped, full of arrows, at the castle gates? Does a dragon torch your granary, your people dying of starvation in the winter, or are you able to turn the beast back? The success of your kingdom depends solely on your skill as a city and castle planner._x000d_

Strategically layout your town to improve your peasants’ happiness and to attract new residents. Tax them just enough to fund your castle. Make sure your peasants are fed in the winter and healed of plagues. Build churches to keep them from despair and taverns to keep them happy. You can even throw festivals if you’ve built a town square! Send out wood cutters to collect wood, set up stone quarries to build your castles, and farm the land efficiently so your town can grow and thrive._x000d_

Neil Watton
Neil Wattonhttps://www.thexboxhub.com/
An Xbox gamer since 2002, I bought the big black box just to play Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee. I have since loved every second of the 360's life and am now just as obsessed with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S - mostly with the brilliant indie scene that has come to the fore. Gamertag is neil363, feel free to add me to your list.
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