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  • Summary: The Roman crew of a ship is going to conquer an uninhabited island (or so it seems). For its survival, the crew has to plan its expansion wisely: build roads, hunt for food, gather resources, and mine for precious minerals. But will they be prepared for what else they find? Let’s just say that keeping a large, well-trained army will be necessary to defend the kingdom you have built. Smoothly zoom in and out for customized views. One screen for world play, the other for resource management. Player can switch when desired to play entire game with stylus on lower screen. Train and build your army to be prepared for any attack. Expand your kingdom by occupying enemy buildings and borders. Construct military buildings in strategic locations as your kingdom and army grows. Plan harvest and transport of a variety of raw materials and resources. Your kingdom depends on these resources for food, shelter, and expansion. Each time you play provides a different experience with 2 campaigns, 4 nations to explore, varied climates, 6 types of soldiers, and 30 occupations to manage. [Ubisoft] Expand
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  1. Positive: 0 out of 6
  2. Negative: 4 out of 6
  1. 70
    Whilst Settlers does its job reasonably well, the fact that there are so many occasions in which little occurs within the game is a little disappointing. However, if you have a great deal of patience Settlers is a relatively rewarding game.
  2. Unfortunately, the ambitious attempt to bring the full-fledged experience to the DS results in something of a mess. [July 2007, p.97]
  3. 40
    The biggest fans of the game will be the ones that are most disappointed. It's not just that the game is bad, which it is. It's that the game is bad when for many reasons it should be good. The load times are ridiculous, the gameplay is tedious, and sometimes the thing crashes, so it's not even a functional game.
  4. The solid roots of a charming series are buried under an avalanche of bugs and other issues.
  5. You may squeeze some entertainment out of The Settlers in the early stages but its bugs and inconsistencies will eventually break your spirit.
  6. Settlers II is a great game. A classic. This version isn't. It's a travesty, and one that should never have been released. Without the fatal bugs it'd be a disappointing put passable conversion but you can't play a game not knowing when or if the game will actually work the way it's supposed to, or if saving your progress will cause it to crash.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Negative: 1 out of 3
  1. ArnoS.
    Dec 7, 2007
    I don't see what everybody is whining about. I've only had it crash once, and apart from that time, I've had amazing fun playing it.
  2. Aaron
    Aug 27, 2007
    Brings back full memories of the early days of the pc game. well rendered and thoughtful, with enough intact from the original to make it worthwhile. the screen usage is surprisingly adept but the slipping framerate and occasional control confusion may annoy. overall, bravo...at least for nostalgics. Expand
  3. MichaelD.
    Jul 26, 2007
    Unfortunately one of the best games ever did not make it properly to the DS - is's simply too buggy to play - it crashes about 2 times an hour - many things don't work if you do it in the wrong order - maybe more than 1 developer would have been helpful. scrolling is a mess - the user interface is only for hard core settlers. I really can only recommend this game for settler fans (but be careful - don't set you expectations too high). Expand