The games’ industry has some interesting particularities. The hat-market in Team Fortress 2 – yes, virtual hats – moves millions of dollars a year. MMORPGs have increased revenue by tenfold since they found out they could sell mounts for the price of triple-A games. I imagine that it was with this in mind that the developers of Kingdom, the minimalist monarchy simulator (yes, that’s how I’m describing games now – something simulator), developed Kingdom: New Lands, a new game based on the original one that’s said to have a “deluge of new mounts“, among other, irrelevant things. It’s much easier to find on search engines, too.
If you missed the boat the first time around, Kingdom is a game about building a settlement – I guess if you’re a tribal chief from the year 400 you could call it a “Kingdom” – to defend against incoming hordes of evilthings. You build towers, recruit archers and knights, deploy catapults, set out on expeditions and pray to the gods themselves – all this with a single button. I was more amazed by the fact that it only used a single button and still managed to be fun. There’s a decent amount of strategy and forethought for a game where you only toss coins and go to either side on your trusty steed, and the new game promises all that and more, with vagrants, merchants, several mounts and an environment that can be just as deadly as the monsters, which there are more of, apparently – including a giant, ogre-like thing that spits out other, smaller evilthings.
The expansion will be free for those who already own Kingdom, so much so that it will replace Kingdom on the Steam store, and $14.99 / €14.99 / £11.99 otherwise. If you want to play Kingdom as it was, without the new content, you’ll be able to access its last version before the change through the New Lands game.
Horse, armored horse, unicorn, bear and elk, to answer the question you know you want to ask. There’s also a little dog that follows you around. The first game was an enjoyable experience, surprisingly calm considering it inevitably led to my monarch’s death by lynching, so I’m definitely glad to see a new version with more, specially the new NPCs and monsters.
Who am I kidding, I just want to ride a bear into battle.