Widelands is a strategy game, created in 2005, which take handfuls from familiar Settlers. The player's task is to put himself into the role of leader of the tribe, whose main mission is to expand the territories occupied by the enemy.
Until the war begin, he must first prepare unleash economically - therefore we acted not only as a military leader but also the prime minister, merchant, forester, financier, fisherman, builder and many others roles. When the game starts, we have only one building, usually acting as a warehouse, where you’ll find our current inventory of raw materials. We need to develop possessed space and the proper order to build a woodcutter or stonemason hut, without which we won’t have enough resources.
Despite the average quality of graphics, we can see that in Widelands the whole world is in constant motion. You can easily notice the wind billowing canopy or workers knocking by their hammers. Also animals, to which we will hunt calmly stroll through the woods and don’t expecting hunters attack. Entertainment takes place in four diverse locations - grassy, sandy, black land and in the winter world. Angular pictures show our eyes slightly worse than in the aforementioned original - The Settlers 2. Luckily music saves the day and due to the fairly decent sounds, pleasant climate keeps the gameplay.
Playability and complexity of the actions that we’ll have to do the makes this production really interesting. The key to success and the proper development is a well-planned system of roads. Most often frequented routes are cured, and allow us to transport the animals and move heavy goods over long distances. Interestingly, you can upgrade Widelands buildings… some of them even twice and with technological innovation, we can train people working in there. Strategy must be carefully considered, so as not to lose too many raw materials before the economy stabilizes.
Unclaimed buildings can be burnt without any benefit for yourself, or be subjected to demolition and recover all components. Due to a large dose of realism, we can feel like a true leader, which determines the fate of his people. By extracting the precious ore mines, we have a chance for extra profit. The last thread, which should be noted is the military - battles take place normally for this type of production. We also offer training buildings such as arenas, which allow our soldiers to train skills gradually.
We can conquer neighborly territories primarily by putting guard towers near the borders. In conclusion, it’s worth to mention about available nations: find here Barbarians, Imperials and the Atlanteans. For players who have hadn’t previously contact with these types of productions, authors prepared a short readable tutorial. After basics we can start the game with a computer or compete with real players using network. If you’ll be tired with the gameplay, you can also independently design a completely new maps!