Kingdoms and Castles blends SimCity and Minecraft in a fantasy setting

Kingdoms and Castles

Kingdoms and Castles takes SimCity and transports it to a fantasy medieval land where you’re not only responsible for setting taxes, but you also have to deal with marauding Vikings and fire-breathing dragons. 

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Kingdoms and Castles developers Lion Shield are made up of Pete Angstadt and Michael Peddicord, a duo who have worked on titles like Journey, Abzu and Spore.

The team’s debut game as an indie studio asks you to cope with the building and planning of a village, while also keeping it defended from threats.

To do this you have to build towering castles to protect your holdings, stretching the castle walls out along your village perimeter. Of course, you’ll still need to keep the place stocked with food, as the winter is as likely to take your settlers as any invading army is.

It looks like great fun, so have a watch of the trailer above. It’s also being crowdfunded on Fig, if you fancied backing it.