Lords of the Realm
DOS - 1994
Also released on: Amiga
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Manual, map, refcard and misc available
Description of Lords of the Realm
David Lester's masterpiece and definitely THE game that finally brought Impressions into the spotlight, Lords of The Realms is a great medieval strategy game that strikes a great balance between combat and empire building.
As veteran wargamers M. Evan Brooks observes, "...[the game] offers an interesting portrayal of thirteenth century politics and military maneuver. The "3-Cs" of medievalism are covered: castle construction, crop rotation, and combat. Think of it as a cross between Kingdoms of Germany and Castles II, but with more depth."
What makes the game very addictive is, first and foremost, the fact that it finally broke away from the notorious "spreadsheet-style" syndrome that most previous Impressions titles share. Although it still crunches a lot of numbers, and you will still keep track of many more statistics than you care to count, Lords of The Realms presents these statistics visually: you will see the graphical effects of all your orders (e.g. troops marching to their destinations), and seasonal changes (wheat stalks blow in the summer wind, and wilt with the onset of winter).
The AI is quite competent, and there are many nice historical tidbits in the game, including the simple but effective diplomacy model, to entertain both die-hard and casual gamers. Similar to Kou Shibusawa's Nobunaga's Ambition, Lester's Lords of The Realm is not only a labor of love, but a highly personal game where the designer's genuine interest in his country's heritage are fully borne by the game's excellence. It's unfortunate that Lords of The Realm II is not as addictive as this strategy game (although it is also an excellent game in its own right).
Highly recommended, especially to anyone who's interested in medieval history, and fans of Defender of The Crown who want more substance and accuracy in the game. Thumbs up!
Review By HOTUD
Comments and reviews
Josepatri 2016-10-07 1 point
How can i save a game?
The game optios too save the game are operative, but when you save the particular game, when you try to restore, the game dosen´t appear´s.
How can we save the game in our own PC???
Spot 2015-10-11 1 point
Great game, not run-of-the-mill. Really makes you focus on managing and resources, has depth. Cows for the win!
Sir Reginald 2015-07-12 -1 point DOS version
She no worky ... not compatible with my system (Windows 7, 64 bit).
Nocz 2014-08-25 -4 points DOS version
I loved this game as a boy. Got excited when I saw that I could revisit this and the following games!
Paul K 2013-07-21 1 point DOS version
I had the German map too. It came with the CD release of the game.
Alan 2013-01-18 1 point DOS version
Fantastic game! Would also like to know how to find the German map. I remember playing it once it must be out there somewhere!
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