Description of Castles II: Siege & Conquest
Follow-up to Interplay's classic Castles, Castles II: Siege and Conquest is an excellent sequel that expands both scale and scope of the original classic. No longer are you a noble who is content with defending your own territory from the Celts and other nobles, you now have a grander ambition to conquer the whole of historical Brittany.
Fans of Castles will be happy to find that the addictive castle-building gameplay is not only intact, but enhanced with new building parts and soldier types. Because the scale of the game has been enlarged, you will spend most of your time looking not at your current castle, but at the map of England. From this screen, you have access to three categories of tasks: stock, army, relations, as well as the options menu. You are given a specific number of 'points' for each category, so you can allocate all of them to finish one task quickly, or apportion them to do several tasks at once. Tasks range from acquiring resources, such as refining gold, recruit and train different types of soldiers, to diplomatic options, one of the best new features of the game. Diplomatic orders (accessed from 'relations' menu) allow you to sabotage or spy other nobles' lands, cater to the Pope's favor, and so on. As in the first game, special historical events occur periodically, requiring you to choose an action from multiple choices. Your decisions, naturally, affect the game in varying degrees.
Castles II is, like its predecessor, a long game. But you now have a concrete measure of your progress: the points system. Most actions in the game yield points, some (e.g. conquering a province or wiping out a noble completely) more than others. You have to reach 7,000 points to petition the Pope for the throne, and then you have to maintain those points for 4-5 computer months to win the game. Castle building is more efficient and easier to deal with. You can even set up pre-made castles on file so that you can place them quickly. Battles are set in a full alternate screen with the ability to place and command each unit, a welcome change from the passive, watch-it-unfold battles in the first game.
With the addition of many fun strategic options, diplomacy, and an even easier to use interface, Castles II is an even more enjoyable game than the original. New strategy options make the castle building aspect of the game seem more like icing on the cake than an integral part of gameplay, big castles only help in stopping revolutions and helping the economy (higher tax income). This may disappoint some people who enjoy the importance of castles in the first game, but the benefits of new features more than outweigh this complaint. If you like strategy games set in the Middle Ages, Castles II is a must have. Two thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
russvan 2016-06-12 3 points
hey to everyone who is saying this game is way too slow, holding RMB speeds things up ALOT, you can also turn off battles in the beginning of the game if you want.
TD22 2015-12-21 6 points
If you hold down the right hand mouse button it makes the game go very quickly, there's no need to wait ages for the bars to load.
Cache McCall 2015-12-11 3 points Mac version
Okay, I downloaded but where is the .exe file. I cannot get the game to play. OSX10.5.8
Mean 2015-10-11 -2 points
If you can get a hold of "gemfire" for super nintendo, you will have a MUCH BETTER TIME! Couldn't get into castles. Can't get into Castles 2. Look, I'm 30 something, I AM a patient gamer, but this is just REDICULOUSLY SLOW! If combat was better, it might be worth it. This game may have been great for its time, but its time has passed. The snes is loaded with old strategy games so go that route. Those super slow loading bars to do anything ruin this game for me. Nope. Done with it.
zahid zaman 2015-07-08 0 point DOS version
Love this game,played back in the day on amiga cd 32, great game!! 10 out of 10!
C 2015-04-06 1 point DOS version
retro player, i just tried 7zip (v9.20 x64) and it worked just fine... In fact, even Windows Explorer was able to open the archives (and i believe it would have been able to even with no 3rd party download needed), it even showed me the compression ratio. ;-)
retro player 2014-05-04 0 point DOS version
I love this game, but cannot seem to unzip the files. Any advice for someone who has tried 7zip and jzip but can't seem to extract anything?
Another Wise Old Man 2013-05-02 3 points DOS version
After a ton of digging through google, I finally found a PDF of the manual for this game:
Note that one site that had it wanted $5.95 for it. Fuck'em.
fr4nk 2013-02-10 0 point DOS version
This game still has copy protection!
After a few turns, you will be asked a question, and if you answer wrong, your game will end. Manual is required to get the answers.
Kiasu 2012-06-10 1 point DOS version
Building ingenious castles was one thing. I had the CDROM version with the fantastic educational footage. It was one of the first multimedia CDs worth having.
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