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Serf City: Life is Feudal (DOS)

100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
5 point score based on user ratings.

User Reviews

Old good time city building and war... 666gonzo666 (38270) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars
A breath of fresh air - strategic and innovative yet humourous and surprising Martin Smith (76) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars
In the same league as Civilization (though different), this game is the Genuine Article. Tomer Gabel (4388) 4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars4.4 Stars

Our Users Say

Category Description MobyScore
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 3.4
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 4.0
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 4.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.6
Overall MobyScore (56 votes) 3.9

The Press Says

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Electric Playground
I could spend this entire review just using adjectives to describe Settlers. Here, I'll get it out of my system right away: Addictive, fun, cute, intensive, extensive, intuitive, and playable all come to mind. When I first bought this game over two years ago, a friend of mine literally camped out at my house to play it. We couldn't pry him away from our computer until he finally decided to purchase it for himself. My wife and I still play Settlers regularly and we have both been eagerly anticipating the sequel.
PC Gamer UK
The point I'm ultimately coming to is that games of the Populous/Powermonger type, while exceptional examples of the genre, demand quite a high level of dedication and concentration, which is often offputting. Where The Settlers excels, though, is in taking genre, stripping away much of the excess baggage and presenting the new, leaner gameplay in such a clear way, that even if you have short attention span you'll find it hard not to get hooked within the first 15 minutes.
Hiomisen ja parantamisen varaa Settlersistä vielä siis löytyy, mutta kyllä näillä eväillä pieksee jo muun muassa ensimmäisen SimCityn. Ei kannata antaa ruman paketin hämätä, sisällys on ykkösluokan kamaa.
Computer Gaming World (CGW)
Despite these problems, SERF CITY is a terrific game. It is challenging and enjoyable to lay out a well-designed serfdom, with the proper admixture of buildings and tasks, and absolutely fascinating to watch it grow. While the combat portion of the game lacks flesh, it can be safely left in the hands of the computer – just order your attacks and wait to be notified of defeat or failure while paying attention to other aspects of your serfdom. SERF CITY is not for the LEMMINGS fan seeking another adorable cartoon character game, and in fact I suspect SSI will lose sales due to people misperceiving the nature of the game. However, more serious gamers will find it intriguing, enjoyable and compelling in its detail. Some games go on the shelf and some games stay on my hard drive, SERF CITY has found a home.
Settlersin komeat grafiikat näyttävät renderöidyiltä, mutteivät ole sitä. Musiikki täydentää tunnelman. Settlers on terävä, innostava ja valtavan laaja peli. Rakenna, sodi, etsi mineraaleja, laajene. Älä ihmeessä missaa Settlersiä.
Power Play
Die sehnlichst erwartete Umsetzung des Amiga-Erfolges bringt uns die innovative Spielemixtur nun auch auf die bisher vernachlässigten MS-DOS-PCs. Die gelungene Mischung aus Sim City, Populous und Lemmings stellt Euch vor komplexe Strategie- und Simulationszusammenhänge, die Euch jedoch auf eine angenehm lustige und selbsterklärende Art nahegebracht werden.
PC Player (Germany)
Inhaltlich ist das Programm für alle ideal, die ein Strategiespiel mit ansprechender Grafik und ansehnlichem Tiefgang schätzen. Dabei ist „Die Siedler“ alles andere als eine öde Simulation: Die Spielwelt steckt voller Leben, und kann auch ohne vorheriges Studium der Wirtschaftswissenschaften nach dem Prinzip „Zuschauen und Ausprobieren“ gemeistert werden.
PC Games (Germany)
Kein Adventure, keine Flugsimulation und keine Action-Ballerei versetzt derzeit die Amiga-Zocker in Verzückung. Ein beschauliches, hochkomplexes und weitgehend gewaltfreies Strategiespiel auf hohem Niveau tummelt sich stattdessen auf den ersten Plätzen der Verkaufs-Charts. Kann dieser Erfolg auf dem PC wiederholt werden?
PC Gamer
Good landscapes and engaging gameplay. So-so character graphics; cluttered interface; only moderate depth. Fun if you're unfamiliar with kingdom-building, but it needs more variety.
The DOS Spirit
The Settlers / Serf City - Life is feudal er en av de absolutte urfedrene for hvordan dagens strategispill er utformet, med en interaktivitet og kompleksitet som kort sagt var banebrytende i 1993. Få deg en god "Dos Spirit"-opplevelse, last ned The Settlers nedenfor.