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Kingdom (2015) is a retro-look strategy game where you must defend your town from the nightly attack of zombies as you develop your technology and civilisation day by day. But unlike other tower-defence games – where you set up defences and fend off waves of attacking forces – there’s no access to any statistics so you must discover the best strategy by trial and error. As you incrementally advance, you discover new technology and eventually sail to safety on the next island.

Junior players will enjoy the compelling jeopardy of each night and the thrill of discovering new weapons and defences. The simplicity of the game’s trial-and-error strategy makes it accessible to a wide range of ages. Playing with a sibling or parent expands the enjoyment and defensive options.

Playing for the first time in single-player mode helps you gain some understanding, but this is a game about making decisions without all the information you might want. Children enjoy making notes about the effects of different expansion options and plotting their next move. Then, moving to two-player mode, you can work efficiently together to develop your civilisation. Talk and communicate about each decision and use the extra pair of hands to get things done more quickly as the game progresses.

Our examiner, Jo Robertson, first checked Kingdom 4 years ago. It was re-examined by Andy Robertson and updated 7 weeks ago.
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Play StylePlay Style

This is a Sequencing and Strategy game with Fighting, Shooting and Simulation elements. You can play with 1 to 2 players in the same room or as a 2-player online game. Kingdom: New Lands is single-player but Kingdom Two Crowns has a co-operative mode. The nature of play, means that one player can act as a helper and the other take the lead to complete tasks.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: This game will take between 8 hours and 15 hours to complete. To fully complete the game can take 50 hours. This unfolds slowly and requires a considerable amount of trial and error. Games can be paused at any time.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 7 for Mild Violence. The pixelated humanlike characters in this game can be attacked by monsters. When hit, they die and fade away. The monsters can get shot by arrows or catapult, or a knight can slay them with their sword.
 
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

9+ year-olds usually have the required skill to enjoy this game. Still, it’s important for parents and guardians to ensure they understand in-game purchases and have spending limits set-up. The two-player mode helps younger children enjoy this. But there is some skill required to decide which elements of your town to upgrade. You also need to have good administration skills to ensure you don't run out of resources.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to Nintendo Online, but can then create accounts for children of any age to play online with Nintendo Switch.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4.

CostsCosts

Kingdom usually costs £5.99 to £17.99.
 

Kingdom Two Crowns

XBox Store Xbox X|S £15.99
XBox Store Xbox One £15.99
Switch Store Switch £17.99
Steam Store PC £16.75
Steam Store Mac £16.75
Android Store Android £5.99
App Store iOS £6.99

Kingdom

PlayStation Store PS4 -
There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a Nintendo Online subscription to play online with Nintendo Switch.
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
There are different versions on different systems
  • Kingdom Classic is on PC and Mac.
  • Kingdom New Lands is on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch, iOS, Android
  • Kingdom Two Crowns is on PC, Mac, Xbox One, PS4, Switch 
 
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DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 21/10/2015, updated in 2018

Out Now: Amazon Fire, Android, Mac, PC, PS4, Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X|S and iOS

Skill Rating: 9+ year-olds

Players: 1-2 (2 online)

Genres: Sequencing, Strategy (Fighting, Shooting and Simulation)

Accessibility: 13 features

Components: 2D Side-On, Day and Night and Pixels

Developer: Noio Games (@Noio_Games)


Taming Gaming Book Written by parents for parents, the database complements the in-depth discussion about video game addiction, violence, spending and online safety in the Taming Gaming book. We are an editorially independent, free resource without adverts that is supported by partnerships.

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