Besides the hack and slash type of gameplay medieval games can also offer endless hours of strategizing, commanding huge armies and finally conquering rival territories. For the gamers that love to spend their time making elaborate plans, organizing cities and planning how to best use their resources, we made a list of the 10 best medieval titles that give you the liberty to build your very own kingdom. The games were chosen by always keeping in mind a vital aspect. They had to offer us the opportunity of actually constructing and expanding our lands and legacy. Banished is a city-building strategy game where you lead a group of outcasts to grow and maintain a settlement. The citizens of the town are similar to a resource that needs to be managed, the player having to give them various tasks, such as building, fishing or hunting.
The goal is to keep your population healthy, happy and well-fed, and to build different constructions, such as houses, blacksmith shops, hospitals, farms and schools, in order to expand your city. Banished tests the player’s city management skills, challenging them to evolve and learn new things. In this installment of the Sims series, you are free to build your own kingdom by successfully completing the quests that take place in a medieval inspired environment. There are several types of professions you can choose from, each with their own unique abilities. Monarchs, wizards, spies, priests and bards are just some of the various classes available.
Unlike the other games in the series, the Sims medieval concentrates more on the RPG style of gameplay. Aspects such as character creation, simulation and architectural elements taking a backseat in favor of actions that evolve your character. Knights of Honor is a real-time strategy title that takes place in medieval Europe, the players being able to play as one of the hundred available kingdoms featured in the game. The actual area where the action takes place spans from Ireland to Armenia, and from Scandinavia to the northern coasts of Africa, the map being divided into provinces. Each of these land parcels is governed by a city, and contains rural areas such as villages, farms and monasteries. The main goal in Knights of Honor is to gain enough power and influence as to conquer the whole land and become the Emperor of Europe.
In The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom, the player has the opportunity to choose between three unique methods of victory: military, science and trade. In the military development path, the players build a strong army and intend to conquer as many territories as possible, and ultimately defeat their enemies. A peaceful way is also available, where the lands can be occupied using the power of religion through missionary priests. The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom has been valued mainly for its tense and complex game play that makes the players feel like a real medieval tactician. A grand strategy game set in the Middle Ages, Crusader Kings 2 allows the player to control a medieval dynasty from 1066 to 1453.