Exclusive Gameplay Commentary on The Settlers Online

Come and join us to take a first look at The Settlers Online from Ubisoft, which in the US is known as Castle Empire. This free-to-play city/ settlement management game puts you in control of your own settlement and island to conquer, fighting off bandits and other inhabitants in order to make somewhere to call home in this all-round family friendly PVE strategy.

With our first look, we jumped right in at the deep end; bypassing all the new tutorials, we started at level XXI with a half built settlement... which probably wasn't our best idea as they have tutorials for a reason. So we didn’t know what we were looking at half the time. But hey, I’m a guy and real men don’t use instructions (which is why my IKEA furniture is crooked).

In all seriousness, it’s a pretty casual game which on the surface is actually fairly easy to play and get to grips with. Even without the tutorial, we were able to get by and find our way around the various screens in no time. The menus and user interface are pretty sleek and simple and extremely easy to navigate.

Players get to manage all aspects of their settlement from the various buildings that their people require to finding resources ranging from lumber and food to minerals from mines, to even raising their own military army unit by unit. The concept is purely PVP, however players are encouraged to trade and acts diplomatically with the rest of the community and help each other to build up their settlements.

Monitoring your resources and keeping track of what you are lacking and running out of is pretty much the key to success in the game, and where you can’t locate for yourself what you need, you can always use the online trade post to trade with other players.

The game itself is a nice spin-off of the Settlers series seeming to be pretty true to the franchise. It’s simple, it’s colourful, it’s quirky; it’s Settlers. Take a look at our video where we make some beer, find some collectables, and show the militaristic aptitude of General Custer... yeah, it really was that bad.

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