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Castles 2 - Siege and Conquest (pc game)
4.5 out of 5 (12 votes)
  • Intro sequence
  • Intro
  • The story continues
  • Main screen
  • Castle building screen
  • Coming along nicely
  • Where to next?
  • They're not true!
  • This does not look good
  • Credits
  • Watch tower
  • Story
  • My peaceful neighbors
  • Building the castle
  • I am not that good when it comes to designing a castle
  • The Pope taking all my money
  • Tough decisions
  • RIP
  • Need more infantry!
  • This guy thinks he is smart

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Build me a castle!

The original Castles was a surprisingly enjoyable bit of strategy fun, and despite looking a bit dated, it's still worth a look today. However, it's just as easy to get hold of this sequel which improves on its predecessor in pretty much every way, so you're probably better off going for this one, especially if you're a fan of Stronghold Crusader 2 and the like. You start out the game by choosing a medieval lord from a choice of five. It's then your job to do whatever it takes to take the Crown for yourself, and this involves everything from spying, to being diplomatic with your neighbors to all-out war with any rival who dares stand in your way. Once you've reached a certain amount of points, representing the support you have from the people, you can ask the Pope if you can have the throne, and once you've ascended it, the fun really starts. You have to hold on to it for several more months in order to win the game, but your rival are going to be bitter and will really give you a hard time. Castles 2 scores a lot of points for being a pretty deep strategy fun that is actually very easy to learn, thus making it attractive to newcomers and veterans alike. The interface is very easy to pick up and you'll be planning castles and launching sieges in no time, but despite this simplicity, there's a lot of tactical depth to discover too. The visuals aren't exactly glorious, but they do their job well enough and are certainly easy on the eye. This is perhaps not meaty enough for hardcore strategy fans but if you are looking for a good time, it makes for a solid choice.

Be the king of Bretagne

Castles II: Siege and Conquest is more than 15 years old now and is still maintaining its base with many classic game lovers. This strategy game has been among the very best of the 1990's when gaming world was going through a tough time. I have always been into strategy games and this one is surely on my love list. Your aim with this game is to be the mighty emperor of Bretagne. The game play strategy here is to use a combination of skills for resource management, resource allocation and tactics building. Attractive VGA colors make it one of the finest innovations of its time. You have to use your imagination as well at different points. The Realistic battle soundtrack is what i like the most because it keeps me involved all the time. The battle and the resource interfaces are very intuitive and can be used very easily. I am always in search of hi-tech games but this game has appealed me so much that it never gets old for me. Most of the strategy games available do not have the element of interest and i must say that the developers of this game have removed this flaw effectively. Another game which has effectively marked its presence before this one was Khalaan which is the fight for caliphate rather than kingship.

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