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  • Summary: [Xbox Live Arcade] Place your customized Xbox LIVE Avatar in the medieval world of A Kingdom for Keflings, a new city-building game from NinjaBee. Play as your Avatar or choose from other friendly giants as you teach the local Keflings how to collect and convert resources to customize your kingdom. Educate and train your Keflings to become workers, scholars, even Mayor of the city! Build your kingdom alone or cooperatively with up to three of your friends online. The more you build, the more buildings you unlock and the more Keflings you attract, so start building today! City-building fun: In an original approach to a well-loved genre, A Kingdom for Keflings features a large avatar interacting with the Keflings, resources, and buildings of a small village. Resources and Keflings can be converted from one type to another. Buildings can be built and upgraded with a combination of specific resources and specific Kefling types. Buildings in turn make new resources and Kefling types available, unlock new building types, attract more Keflings, and achieve other game goals. It's the first game of its kind on Xbox LIVE Arcade to support full in-game playable avatars. Move your avatar around, pick up the Keflings and pop them into buildings. Customization: Make your city your own by customizing the look and color of buildings, and decorating the village with additional elements such as trees and walkways. The time of the season: Stylized animated graphics change with the seasons, and a dynamic music soundtrack (which adapts to the season and the state of the village) gives the game an unusually strong sense of life and activity. Co-op play: Build cities online cooperatively with your friends. [Microsoft] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. The do-what-you-like pacing, charming presentation, and endlessly addictive nature of tackling increasingly complex structures in an effort to ultimately erect an impressive castle, mirrors an addiction we haven't experienced since the last time we preened in our pretty pinata gardens. [Dec 2008, p.88]
  2. A Kingdom for Keflings might seem a little repetitive and pointless, and it is on some basic level, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t fun.
  3. The package here is definitely worth the $10 and those that are looking for a relaxing game to utilize their new Avatar will find a lot to like here.
  4. It's definitely not a game for everyone, but it's one of the more unique experiences on the Arcade if you're willing to just let go of the rules and regulations and build for the sake of building!
  5. Although it needs a few tweaks here and there (like a way to quickly reorganize when every Kefling is employed, or some kind of shortcut when transferring goods from one shop to another) it was great to be able to sit back and relax with something without fear of being picked off by snipers or a constant need to manage my supply of health packs.
  6. It took me around ten hours to complete, and while I was never on the edge of my seat, I was charmed for most of that time, sticking with it until I'd picked up the last gamerpoints. If your gaming palate favours such gentle fare, A Kingdom for Keflings is a lovely way to spend the day.
  7. Its lethargic pace could put many off, but the mix of strategy and resource management is hard to fault. [Feb 2009, p.104]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. BobP
    Jan 11, 2009
    Amazing little game. I didn't think much of it when I read about it or even after I started it up. But after playing for a few hours, and then a few more hours, and then omg it's 3am. This game is astonishingly addicitve, with nice chevos, too. Great arcade game that has that magical "just one more turn" quality that I miss from my PC gaming days. Highly recommended for a relaxing bit of fun. Expand
  2. SabrinaT
    Dec 28, 2008
    Amazing game! It's not just for kids. I'm almost 23 yrs old and I enjoy it - both playing and watching my husband, helping to determine the best strategy and placement of buildings. Absolutely worth more than its $10 price tag. Expand
  3. AlexanderS
    Nov 25, 2008
    I enjoy this game immensely. It's one of the best building simulation experiences that emphasizes the fun of that activity alone. There's no monsters to defeat or natural disasters to overcome. You interact with your people and build. Expand
  4. AndrewB
    Dec 12, 2008
    A Kingdom for Keflings is a charming addiction and a great addition to the XBLA library. With the resource management of an RTS and the kingdom building enjoyment of Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles: My Life as a King, A Kingdom For Keflings is a very enjoyable game and a recommended download for any Xbox Live user. Expand
  5. Aug 31, 2014
    I'm going to make this short and sweet. This game is great, you have lots of fun and is a nice break from all of that serious, scary and intense FPS or other types of games. It has a nice cartoony feel and boy, I Hope you have good managing skills! It has a nice story and has some good jokes that can be laughed at by anybody (it has a good balance of jokes and game play to progress) you could play this with anyone and lose track of time! going from one world from another with different resources, different design. its a great experience, go buy it now or when your sick of serious and intense games. and that is why i'm giving it a 9.5 out of 10. Expand
  6. Feb 25, 2012
    Awesome game. Very casual and fun simulation type god game. Worth the 800 points and I suggest those who like xbla give this a try. The feeling of progression is there and is very satisfying. Expand
  7. LaseaulM
    Jan 16, 2009
    This game is not for you if you are expecting a decent RTS style game. As some of the main critics have said, no consequences makes this a sandbox game to waste time in. It's missing the one main ingredient for an average rts.... warfare; without it, its selling out to casual sim city-ites who don't want the chance of their population hating them. The music, collision, terrain, frame rate, are all a waste. Your money can be better spent renting a couple movies. What was nice, was they incorporated avatars pretty much at the same time the update was released it seems. Expand

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