Kingdom (Series) Review

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Posted: A year ago, last updated 5 weeks ago.

Author: Andy Robertson.

OverviewOverview

In this retro-look strategy game, you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day-by-day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking forces – there’s no access to any statistics so you must discover the best strategy by trial and error. As you incrementally advance, you discover new technology and eventually sail to safety on the next island.

Junior players will enjoy the compelling jeopardy of each night and the thrill of discovering new weapons and defences. The simplicity of the game’s trial-and-error strategy makes it accessible to a wide range of ages. Playing with a sibling or parent expands the enjoyment and defensive options.

Playing for the first time in single-player mode helps you gain some understanding, but this is a game about making decisions without all the information you might want. Children enjoy making notes about the effects of different expansion options and plotting their next move. Then, moving to two-player mode, you can work efficiently together to develop your civilisation. Talk and communicate about each decision and use the extra pair of hands to get things done more quickly as the game progresses.

There are different versions on different systems
  • Kingdom Classic is on PC and Mac.
  • Kingdom New Lands is on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, iOS, Android
  • Kingdom Two Crowns is on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch

DetailsDetails

Rating: PEGI 7+, ESRB TEEN

Release Date: 21/10/2015

Platforms: Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and iOS

Genres: Action, Fighting, Open World, Role-Playing and Strategy

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CommitmentCommitment

Duration: This game will take between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete.
 
Players: You can play with 2 players in the same room, but you can’t play it online. To fully complete the game can take 50 hours. This unfolds slowly and requires a considerable amount of trial and error. Games can be paused at any time. Kingdom: New Lands is single-player but Kingdom Two Crowns has a co-operative mode.

CostsCosts

Does not offer in-game purchases, 'loot boxes' or 'battle/season passes'.

This game is free with Origin Access.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

This game has been rated ESRB TEEN.

 

PEGI 7 with violence that lacks any apparent harm or injury to fantasy or mythical beings and creatures and non-realistic looking violence towards characters which although human are not very detailed.
The examiners report expands this rating with the following: The pixelated humanlike characters in this game can be attacked by the monsters. When hit, they die and fade away. The monsters can get shot by arrows or catapult, or a knight can slay them with its sword.

AccessibilityAccessibility

Accessibility for this game is as follows:

Difficulty

How you can adjust the challenge of play, and assistance the game offers when you fail or get stuck.

Cognitive Pressure

Reaction-time Not Critical: Individual game actions don’t need quick reactions.

Low Pressure: Game tasks aren’t time-limited or with a high emphasis on performance. Or there is a low pressure play-mode available.

Save Anytime: The game automatically saves progress or you can save any time, and not lose progress.

Reading

How much reading or listening comprehension is required, and how accessible this is.

Simple Minimal Reading: Minimal reading is required.

Controls

How you control the game, different options for alternative inputs and whether you can remap these settings to suit your needs.

Gamepad

Required inputs for the game, or that can be setup with remapping.

2 Buttons: Can play with 2 buttons.

1 Button & Single Stick: Can play with button and stick.

Image

How you can adjust the visuals to suit your needs, and offer additional information if you can't hear the game.

Visual Distractions

No Flashes: No flashing strobe effects or you can disable them.

No Screen Shake: No screen shake effect or this can be disabled.

System Settings

Nintendo Switch has some built-in features, including a lockable zoom, that can be used on all games. Windows has extensive accessibility features. Some, like colour correction, work with games. Lots of accessibility software can be used with PC games, from voice recognition to input device emulators. PlayStation 4 has a range of accessibility settings. Some are system only, some work in games (invert colours and button mapping). Xbox One has a system features, the excellent co-pilot share controls mode and adaptive controller support for all games. iOS has a very extensive suite of accessibility settings including ways to navigate with voice and comprehensive screen reading, though most of the features don't work with games... read more about system accessibility settings.

Supported by PlayabilityInitiative and accessibility contributors: @daisyalesounds



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