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  • Summary: It's the year 1400. Europe sees the dawn of the "golden age of the new departures and the free spirit" - the late Middle Ages. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are achieving independence, power and wealth. New businesses are flourishing, bringing financial strength and political influence to a growing economy. However, life in the narrow, overpopulated alleyways and streets of the towns also has its downsides: epidemics and diseases are spreading, and thieves and highwaymen lie in wait to get their piece of the wealth. Now you can try your hand in these exciting times of change. Will you head down the path of an honest craftsman or a dubious priest? [JoWood] Expand
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
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  1. All the multimedia does is add to an already immersive and intense experience.
  2. As a simple enough idea, the unwieldy concept of a medieval trading/intrigue/court politics title has grabbed us by the short and curlies and refuses to let go for the near future. In a nice way, if that's possible.
  3. This could very well be a prototype for the next generation of city building games to come.
  4. Immersive, looks good and is an incredible challenge.
  5. 80
    The control scheme is bound to scare lots of people away before they see what it has to offer. And it has a lot to offer. It's not pretty, but it's deep.
  6. There are at least three or four games lurking in Europa 1400: The Guild, each of them enjoyable and addictive. [May 2003, p.93]
  7. It will take at least a full game or two (or three) before you have any idea what you are doing, but even before you learn the ropes, Europa 1400: The Guild is strangely addictive. [Apr 2003, p.85]

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  1. SlavaK.
    Mar 3, 2003
  2. KelR.
    Jan 18, 2003
    This game is awesome. It's completly unique, offering hours of addictive fun. I would have given it a 10 but it is a little laggy and buggy, but it's worth evey penny and then some, got out and buy it today! Expand
  3. TimK.
    Mar 28, 2003
    Unique! Sleeper hit of the year. Haven't had so much fun since Pirates! Dynasty building, trading, political intriugue, kidnapping, revenge, true love... and much more. Many games within a game. High replayability. Some instability prevents a 10 score. Collapse
  4. May 31, 2011
    A very impressive economy simulator for a medieval town. It offers so many in depth profession and opportunities that can lead to many playthroughs and challenges, opening new opportunities the longer you play. While the game has become a bit dated, it offers a good afternoon or two of addictive playtime (and even has multiplayer). One of the best economy based games I have ever seen. Expand
  5. Sep 5, 2011
    This is one of those games in which you are either going to love it or you're going to hate it. Before buying this game you need to ask yourself: Do I sometimes have fantasies about being a olde timey blacksmith? Or do I sometimes wish I cold run my local pub back when Charles still had his head attached? Or do you wonder that you could have been a pompous textile baron in a past life? If you have ever asked these questions then you are probably going to like this game and should waste no more time not having it in your life. That said, it is not without its problems, the gameplay is repetitive, the competitive AI is rather dull at times, and once you have made it there is really nothing else to do. However there is really no other game which falls into the genre of medieval life simulator with an economic focus that is this well done. In short, don't expect a life-changing experience but do expect to have a pleasant weekend followed by extensive research into pre-industrial economies. Expand