Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand Review (PC)
The foundation of the modern western world was the middle ages in Europe. The barbarian tribes that overran the old imperial Rome built a thriving society, and introduced new concepts in both government and science, that helped shape the world we live in today. For many of us, there is a boundless fascination with this period, that game companies are only to happy to attempt to fill. Medieval Lords is the latest attempt at this, and it is a very good effort at filling that interest for gamers.
You will select where to construct your buildings, and what good and services they will have access to, based on building availability, and distance in the road net. Terrain effects as also taken into account, building next to a river improves health and water supply, while building near a bog might cause plague and wide spread sickness. This is an important consideration, often left out of city builders, that usually let you build where ever you like, with few consequences.
Life in this era was dangerous, and this is simulated by enemy invasions and attacks by brigands and other evil types. Seaborne attacks are possible, and all these matters must be taken into consideration. Fortunately, there are many defensive improvements and structures to construct, but these cost money, so a thriving economy is a must. But so also is keeping the peasants safe, if you fail to defend them, they will not multiply, and may even leave your kingdom. If you don't bother with defenses, and enemy could easily destroy all you have built, so get that castle and keep constructed, and walls and barricades for the hapless peasants, and things will certainly work in your favor.
The game is nice to look at, and plays fairly well. The game interface isn't over complicated, so control of your forces isn't too difficult. The game also provides learning tutorials to help you understand and build your kingdoms, and this greatly simplifies learning the game. The sound is nice also, the tracts fit the mood of the overall game nicely.