The Settlers

The Settlers isn’t going to take much explaining I reckon. Who hasn’t heard of it? There have been eight games in this series including an online version of a previous desktop version and soon to be released a full reboot. You can still get the 2010 release on Steam right here. It was released originally by Blue Byte and later acquired by Ubisoft for further releases. Ubisoft are releasing the reboot.

I started playing The Settlers with the 1994 IBM-PC release after it was initially released in 1993 for the Commodore Amiga. By March 2004 they had sold 5 million units so it has been around a popular for a long time. It’s a real time strategy game where you look top down on a map of autonomous characters that you can guide. You build up your settlement and harvest resources. You train troops and try to expand your territory.

I’ve tried a number of the releases as I’ve always liked RTS games. Just writing this post has once again stimulated my interest in an old favorite enough that I might have to try the rebooted version when it comes out. There’s something very satisfying about seeing your borders suddenly jump to cover a larger area. And the plate spinning gameplay that ensues as you try to keep your territory provides more than enough fun and action to keep you coming back.

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If you’d like to try it and can’t wait for the reboot’s release try the Steam version or the online version. It’s great for casual gameplay, when you don’t want to be belting around a map shooting everyone. Like most RTs games it starts of slow and simple but the pressure can ramp up once you control a decent territory or have come into contact with a couple of other civilisations.

Give it a go and let me know what you thought.

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