The Settlers: Fourth Edition (Windows)

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The Settlers IV is the 4th real-time strategy game in the Settler series, building upon its predecessor with some graphical improvements, new buildings and features. You now can zoom in and out without steps and the game supports resolutions up to 1280x1024. Also there are enhanced multiplayer features and the game supports built-in voice chat, so Roger Wilco is not needed anymore.

The world the settlers live in is threatened by Morbus who wants to turn the land into a wasteland with the help of his Dark Tribe. There are 3 normal short campaigns where the player controls either the Romans, the Vikings or the Mayans. In a much longer campaign you switch between the three races to combat the thread of the Dark Tribe. The tribe abducts sometimes setters and puts them to work on their fungus farms. To defeat them you have to destroy thier fungus farms that maintain a toxic barrier around thier dark fortress where they also built thier troops. After the fortress is destoyed you win the game. You can turn the wasland back to greenland with your gardeners and priest's.

During the game you have to built a working economy usually starting with a stonemason and woodcutter. The logs from the woodcutter are reworked in a sawmill to make planks. Most buildings require planks and stone to built. Your settles also need food witch can be acquired by a fisherman, hunter, a farm producing animals that can be slaughtered at the butcher or building a grain farm that requires a windmill to make flour. The flour is used by a baker to make bread. To built an army and additional tools you need iron, coal and sulfur. A suitable location for a mine can be found by a geologist on a mountain range. With the iron and coal the blacksmith and tool smith can make weapons and tools after the iron ore from the mines has been reworked in bars by the smelter. To produce stronger fighting units you need gold witch can also be mined and melted in to bars. The number of settlers can be increased by building more houses. You can only built in your own territory. To expand your territory you can train pioneers or built towers. Conquered enemy towers also gain additional territory. With ports and harbors a shipping line can be maintained between different islands. In addition to warriors there are also priests that can use spells like summoning raw materials, tools, weapons and supports your armies in to battle with spells that turn enemy troops in your own troops. These spells need manna that can be produced after building a certain chain of buildings.


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Alternate Titles

  • "工人物语IV" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Поселенцы IV" -- Russian spelling
  • "The Settlers IV" -- UK title
  • "IV המתיישבים" -- Hebrew spelling
  • "Gongren Wuyu IV" -- Chinese title
  • "Die Siedler IV" -- German title

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A very interesting, if difficult, RTS game. Tony Maki (12) 3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars3.6 Stars

Critic Reviews

PC Games (Germany) Mar 07, 2001 87 out of 100 87
PC Player (Germany) Mar, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Apr, 2001 83 out of 100 83
Gry OnLine Mar 12, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Krawall Gaming Network Mar 21, 2001 80 out of 100 80
Power Unlimited May, 2001 80 out of 100 80 Apr 06, 2001 16 out of 20 80
ActionTrip Apr 16, 2001 79 out of 100 79
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Mar 15, 2001 76 out of 100 76
GameZone Sep 27, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75


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In January 2001, Blue Byte released Settlers action figures.

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Erwin Bergervoet (301) added The Settlers: Fourth Edition (Windows) on Feb 12, 2001