Kingdoms and Castles Review

Kingdoms and Castles is a captivating city-building simulation game that embarks players on the journey of developing a fledgling village into a majestic city, fortified with imposing castles. Developed and published by Lion Shield, this gem of a game may seem simple at first glance, but its effectiveness lies in its immersive gameplay and strategic challenges.

In Kingdoms and Castles, players have the chance to build their cities using vibrant building blocks, set up efficient supply chains, ensure citizen satisfaction, assemble a formidable army, and fend off marauding Vikings and powerful dragons.

While the selection of buildings may initially seem limited, it surprisingly facilitates the swift establishment of functional infrastructures. You will need to prioritize certain buildings such as orchards, fishing huts, quarries, and more to ensure a steady flow of resources and productivity within your kingdom.

However, just when everything seems to be running smoothly, a sudden plague can ravage your population, serving as a poignant reminder of the importance of timely infrastructure development. Winter, fires, diseases, and enemy raids are constant threats that demand careful planning and management.

Raiding parties of Vikings pose a persistent menace to your city, pillaging and terrorizing as they please. Meanwhile, the ominous presence of a dragon looms overhead, indiscriminately targeting buildings for destruction with its fiery breath. The audacity of an ogre once shattered an entire section of my meticulously constructed wall, a reminder that even the most formidable defences can be breached.

Players will need to carefully strategize and adapt their defences; crafting defences such as archer towers and ballistae becomes crucial, as strategic placement can lure and eliminate invading forces before they reach your vulnerable population centres. However, it’s essential not to neglect the heart of your city, as the airborne menace of the dragon can effortlessly bypass ground defences.

For those who prefer a more peaceful experience, the option to disable destructive elements provides a serene city-building simulation focused solely on growth and prosperity. This allows players to concentrate on keeping their citizens happy and expanding their population, with resource management being the primary concern.

Kingdoms and Castles offers a dynamic and engaging experience, where every decision carries weight and every setback serves as a valuable lesson. With its blend of charming visuals, strategic depth, and unpredictable challenges, it’s a game that will keep you on your toes as you strive to build, defend, and expand your realm.


Overall, Kingdoms and Castles provides an engaging blend of city-building and strategic challenges, offering a rewarding experience for players willing to embark on the journey of building, defending, and expanding their realm.

This game was reviewed based on Xbox S|X review code, using an Xbox S|X console. All of the opinions and insights here are subject to that version. Game provided by publisher.

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  • Attractive visuals and accessible gameplay
  • Strategic depth and simple management
  • Limiting map sizes and potential for repetitive gameplay
  • Eventually limited scope within each map
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For me it started out on PC, back in the Wolfenstein 3D and Commander Keen days. Now I play across all platforms, but I'm gaming every day, mainly on xbox. I'm easy going, with a full-on achievement hunting addiction that I always say I will give up, but i never do! Gamertag: nuttywray

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