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  • Summary: Kingdom is a 2D sidescrolling strategy/resource management hybrid with a minimalist feel wrapped in a beautiful, modern pixel art aesthetic.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Oct 23, 2015
    85
    Even though Kingdom can be very frustrating at times - especially in the beginning when you have no clue what to do or what to expect - it’s also one of those “sucks, I died AGAIN. Let’s just try ONE more time!” games.
  2. Nov 9, 2015
    80
    A simple yet entertaining "city builder" that'll provide a difficult challenge.
  3. Dec 5, 2015
    80
    It needs time, but if you pour a few hours into it you'll find a very interesting and compelling strategy game.
  4. CD-Action
    Jan 12, 2016
    75
    An RTS disguised as a 2D platformer. Sounds weird but works surprisingly well. [13/2015, p.65]
  5. Dec 3, 2015
    70
    2D strategy has a surprisingly excellent core, which unfortunately lacks larger amount of content. Kingdom is the really funny game, but not for a longer period of time.
  6. Oct 30, 2015
    70
    Kingdom is a fun, gorgeous management game, but trying to learn its mysteries eventually becomes a slog.
  7. Nov 29, 2015
    60
    Developers created a game that seems to not quite know what it wants - beautiful, atmospheric story or a kingdom simulator with mathematical precision. Unfortunately these two elements do not work together.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Nov 5, 2015
    10
    ok, this game hurts.
    A.I. is painful, it takes a lot to understand how villagers, bowmen, farmers, etc, work,
    but in the end, when you start
    ok, this game hurts.
    A.I. is painful, it takes a lot to understand how villagers, bowmen, farmers, etc, work,
    but in the end, when you start to understand the mechanics of the game, everything gets easier.

    whiners will say the game is not well balanced and tweaked, but once you win a game, then you won't say it anymore.

    Pixel graphic and music are really nice and the game is worthy for the great idea of creating a game with complex mechanics with really minimal environment and rules.

    nice job, well done
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  2. Oct 21, 2015
    10
    Disclosure: Got a pre-release key from the devs.
    Lovely game. Some of the most gorgeous pixel graphics and music you will find. Just
    Disclosure: Got a pre-release key from the devs.
    Lovely game. Some of the most gorgeous pixel graphics and music you will find. Just having it playing and watching what happens is almost worth the 10 score alone. However it's also a strong game with simple and easy mechanics that will take a while to master. What I like most about it though is that there's no hand holding and the whole game is just full of mystery. These mysteries will probably all be discovered when the game becomes (inevitably) wildly popular, but I'd recommend just going in cold and discovering them yourself. Great game and great passionate devs and publisher you should support so that more things like this get made and released.
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  3. Oct 31, 2015
    9
    A great little game that is as addicting as it is simple. Nice music and throwback art as well as simplistic controls let me rest my mouseA great little game that is as addicting as it is simple. Nice music and throwback art as well as simplistic controls let me rest my mouse hand for a few hours. Expand
  4. Jun 30, 2016
    8
    Un juego simple, fresco y con unas muy buenas mecánicas. Gráficos hermosos y muy pulidos.
    Este juego me dio una muy buena sensación, no
    Un juego simple, fresco y con unas muy buenas mecánicas. Gráficos hermosos y muy pulidos.
    Este juego me dio una muy buena sensación, no muchos juegos te dan esa sensación en esos momentos.
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  5. Dec 4, 2020
    8
    The pixel art of this game soon stands out, especially in the reflections of the water, which gives a nice look to the game. In short,The pixel art of this game soon stands out, especially in the reflections of the water, which gives a nice look to the game. In short, everything is very beautiful, despite being simple.

    The gameplay is all about walking around with your horse, earning coins to invest in professions, protecting yourself at night from trolls and other enemies, evolving your base to have tougher walls and freeing up more professions until you manage to destroy the portals and zero the game.

    Some problems are evident when you play, it is normal since it is the first in the Kingdom series. But it is worth listing:

    - It is impossible to cancel an action in the game. If you accidentally put your coins in to build a tower, for example, it is gone. The tower will stay there and you will lose archers as you expand your kingdom.

    - The AI ​​of the archers is not very good. I happened to be attacked on one side, so I desperately try to hire more archers and they go to the opposite side, which is fine.

    - Low variety. Again, it is the first in the series. It is normal to have few variations, but even so, there could be more professions, enemies, buildings, etc. etc.

    In general it is a very cool and addictive game, it is pleasant to explore it too. But when you zero in and go out to get the achievements, it gets very tedious and monotonous the days passing by. I already found myself playing this game and watching a video on youtube or listening to music.

    I recommend that you play this one to learn how the basic mechanics of the successors work or just to pass the time yourself.
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  6. Dec 2, 2015
    7
    I'll admit I had fun with this game but it was suficiently dense that I can't rate it very high.

    The art style is good the pixelated
    I'll admit I had fun with this game but it was suficiently dense that I can't rate it very high.

    The art style is good the pixelated graphics still manage to hold an air of quality and animation is equally good.

    I'll admit that since I've started writing these reviews I've taken sound into account a lot more than I used to. This games soundtrack is great. While it's not something you can listen to on its' own it follows suit of the games graphics and asthetic. It manages to maintain that retro feel without compromising itself.

    Gameplay is simple with the entire game revolving around two actions, moving left and right and dropping coins. Everything you do in this game will probably be the result of that last simple action but while it sound simple on paper the game complicates it to a ridiculous level. There are no tool tips and while the tutorial is quite well done it doesn't extend nearly long enough to explain anything other than the basics. If you plan to play the game without first reading your way through the entire wiki then you probably won't get far.

    Subjectively this game has a much lower rating than you expect : 5 it's painfully average in comparison to its peers in the genre. While the whole games execution is quite good the lack of enough explanation to how the game works drags it down quite a few points.

    Objectively it scores a 7. It's an enjoyable game that is above average in comparison most other games in the market but doesn't strive to deliver a deep enough gameplay to warrent any higher. The bad explanation of game mechanics drag it down from what could have been an 8.

    In the end this game serves as a harsh reminder that in an Indie game one bad feature can spoil everything because there just isn't that much content than in a larger game.

    Final verdict: 7
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  7. Apr 10, 2022
    3
    Beautiful art, but the game is convolutely hard, and you have to start over from the beginning which will take hours.

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