Mojang may be best known for their insanely addictive block-punching simulator, Minecraft, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t have any other games up their sleeves. Just earlier this year for example, they released Cobalt – a side-scrolling, time bending shooter. Now, they’ve gone ahead and released a brand new strategy title called Crown and Council.
Now before you get your super hype-pants on, keep in mind that this isn’t some game created with the might of a thousand Mojang staff members. No, it was made by just one of their employees, a chap called Henrik Pettersson. Crown and Counsil was originally a jam game he put together, but now it’s been given a proper release by Mojang (via Destructoid).
Crown and Council is a fast-paced strategy game about conquering land and obliterating rival monarchs. Click adjacent land tiles to subdue them with your army, earning gold to fund further expeditions, defensive forts, naval attacks, universities and more. Muscle your opposition off the map! There can be only one ruler in these lands!
It’s simple to play, but not quite so easy to win: do you spend all your cash on universities, hoping to survive long enough that your book-learnin’ makes you unstoppable in the late game? Or do yo go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?
The visuals of Crown and Council remind me a lot of Dune 2000 for some reason. I don’t mean the battlegrounds of that old school RTS mind you, but the actual map selection screen where players need to decide which region to conquer next. Crown and Council seems to play out a lot more like a game of Risk though. It’s all about decision making, and has no RTS elements so to speak.
It looks like a neat little time waster, and at the glorious price of absolutely free, I can see a lot of people sacrificing hours into conquering the map. Will you be one of them? If you’re interested, you can grab the game on Steam right here.
Last Updated: April 26, 2016