Game components[ edit ] The board is a map of 15th century Kingdom of England and nearby lands, with walled cities, towns, castles, and roads. Players begin with a number of cards initially. There are several different kinds of resource cards: A noble, some already titled, such as Neville , Beaufort , or Percy. Most others, like Bourchier or Clifford, are untitled initially. A title to bestow on an untitled noble, such as Earl of Essex or Duke of Exeter.
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Download - Easy Setup 3. Kingmaker toes this line head on and proceeds merrily down the path towards a satisfying mix of cunning, luck, opportunity and historical although not always strictly accurate perspective. The time is late 15th century England and the royal houses of York and Lancaster are embroiled in the Wars of the Roses, a series of battles pitting politically charged factions against one another with the end goal the contested throne of England.
Unfortunately, one of the weaker aspects of game play is the difficult control over the actual battlefield actions but with so much more to deal with in the game this becomes a minor irritant. Kingmaker adheres to a strict phase-based criteria which could be daunting to a novice player but is efficiently constructed and keeps the action flowing nicely. Each of the phases has precise meaning and all are important to game play, especially the events phase in which random occurrences happen that directly impact on any strategy you may be planning.
In fact, plagues, weather, raids, revolts, piracy and political decisions interfere with the best laid plans and can result in total abandonment of or drastic changes to your line of thinking. In the combat phase, battles are decided based on simple calculated attacker versus defender advantages, expressed as ratios for example, means a slaughterous triumph while gives neither side a good chance of success. However, as in real life, even indecisive battles can result in heavy casualties on either or both sides of the conflict.
Eventually, your ultimate aim is to capture royal nobles heirs from opposing factions and use them for ransom, political leverage and favor by setting them free , or resource grabbing. The complex game play structure and formidable computer AI combine with a simple icon-driven interface to ensure a rich, rewarding experience. Unusual for a game in this genre, the fun is in the details. Quick turnarounds in a fluctuating game world while guiding your forces to glorious victory or ignominious defeat keep interest and focus at a peak.
Graphics are so-so but the spirit and detailed design of the game far surpasses this shortcoming. Kingmaker offers rich game play and a rewarding investment of time. Graphics: Reasonably attractive medieval artwork and backgrounds but troop icons are difficult to distinguish in battle. Short animated scenes no impact on gameplay add flavor and overall look of terrain and environment is adequate.
Sound: Limited use of sound effects but those available are excellent. Voice acting is superbly crafted with Shakespearian overtones and the music blends with the game wonderfully. Enjoyment: Immersive and addictive game play with a "gotta know what happens next" aspect. Many levels of detail are merged seamlessly in a fully designed package.
Replay Value: Multiple options regarding game play levels of difficulty and choice of faction to control, along with enjoyable gameplay insures a high replay value. You can play either York, or Lancaster, and your goal is to get your choice for royal heir crowned king of England. You do this by granting titles to people favorable to your cause, and eliminating those who would oppose it.
Kingmaker has a simplistic combat interface, rather concentrating on politics and dirty tricks as the strategies of choice. The game takes place in England where you have succeed getting a person crowned from your faction.
The game is fairly easy to get started with and with a little game testing you will get the idea of how the game engine works. Kingmaker offers a nicely done interface and well done pictures to any events that will occur during the game.
A good strategy game not too hard for new players of this genre. Please choose Download - Easy Setup 3. People who downloaded Kingmaker have also downloaded:.
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