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Play OverviewPlay Overview

King Of The Castle (2023) is a narrative strategy game where you play a monarch battling nobles for power in a kingdom. The twist is that the nobles are controlled by other players who also have their own factions and objectives. You play by making decisions to inch towards your aims, while also trying to keep the various factions happy. Everyone else gets to vote on your decisions in an effort to steer events and achieve their own aims. It stands out for the narrative that emerges from this chaos of competing aims and the sheer breadth of surprising things that can happen through your reign.

To start to take your seat on the throne or as a noble and are assigned a faction and related mission. Through each season you make decisions about which path of the narrative to take and how you should meet those challenges. Do you bribe the nobles, kill them off, alter the laws or twist democracy in your favour? You slowly move your influence and power in the right direction so you can complete your objectives before the other factions achieve theirs.

As you progress you realise that this isn't simply a race to get the numbers right, but a layered political challenge. Maybe you're a Gothic count and need to get the monarch possessed by a demon. You first need to win the monarch's trust by getting them to lower their defiance. Then you need to lower your faith so you can learn demonology. Only then can you have a chance of striking to possess the king. Of course, at the same time, both the monarch and other nobles are doing the same for their aims.

The result is a labyrinth of a game with over 900,000 words of narrative and 950 possible Events with 80 unique Endings. The numbers give a sense of scale, but it's how this comes together in the temporary community playing the game to make memorable stories that are really magic.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked King Of The Castle 15 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 14 months ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Communication, Narrative, Role-Play and Strategy game with Battle and Simulation elements. You can play with 4 to 24 players in the same room or as a 24-player online game. King of the Castle is a multiplayer game you can play in a number of ways. Only the king player needs to purchase the game:
  • Web: King player on PC the Nobles join using a phone, Chromebook or any device with an Internet Browser.
  • Discord: King player shares their screen on Discord and Nobles play in the chat.
  • Twitch: King player streams the game on Twitch and Nobles play in the chat.

You can save a session and continue at a later date. The Noble players can rejoin and take their place as before with the game remembering their region, wealth and other in-game stats.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 3 hours and 4 hours to complete.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

This game has not yet been rated, but we anticipate it is likely to be rated PEGI 12.
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Skill Level

12+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. You need to have the communication and strategy skills to embrace the political aspect of the game. Dealing with other players and groups is essential, so inter-personal skills really help. You also need to be willing to be double crossed and lied to.

Account Rating

You don’t need a platform subscription to play this game online.

CostsCosts

King Of The Castle usually costs £8.99.
 

King Of The Castle

Steam Store PC £8.99
There are no additional in-game purchases, loot boxes, adverts or subscription costs.

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 02/03/2023

Out Now: PC

Skill Rating: 12+ year-olds

Players: 4-24 (24 online)

Genres: Communication, Narrative, Role-Play, Strategy (Battle and Simulation)

Accessibility: 0 features documented (Tweet Developer )

Components: 2D Side-On and Cartoon

Developer: Tributary Games (@TributaryGames)


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