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Our examiner, Ben Kendall, first checked Warsim: The Realm of Aslona 11 months ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 3 months ago.
You play the ruler of the realm of Aslona and control every minutia of your kingdom's governance, from the level of taxation to the laws surrounding who you can put in prison. Every action has a consequence, though. Take, for example, taxes; having lower taxes means you become more popular with your subjects but also have less money to spend in the taverns and on valuable items. There are also more comedic options available, like imprisoning everyone who tries to visit you for a bit of peace and quiet, but this course has its own drawbacks.
In addition to your own kingdom, there are other races and realms you can treat with or conquer. There are almost 100 million races to discover, each with unique traits, and over 60 trillion unique ASCII character designs. Alongside the management aspect, there are turn-based fights you can partake in, snail races to bet on, bards to listen to, and countless other activities to get involved in.
The result is a unique and highly involved game that uses its simple visual design to offer more activities, diversity, and possibilities than would be possible in a more realistic-looking game. Deciding on every part of your reign means you can spend countless hours experimenting with new and ambitious ways to play.
11+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. With countless systems and details to keep track of, all of which are presented in text, it's more suited to older children and adults who prefer a detail-focused challenge. You need to deal with multiple systems at the same time, and also translate the textual descriptions into a world you can visualise.
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