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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) Apr 30, 2001 85 out of 100 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Mar 30, 2001 83 out of 100 83 Apr 06, 2001 16 out of 20 80
Gry OnLine Mar 12, 2001 8 out of 10 80
Power Unlimited May, 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Gamer Brasil Oct, 2001 78 out of 100 78
GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands) Mar 15, 2001 76 out of 100 76
Game Over Online Apr 17, 2001 75 out of 100 75
GameZone Sep 27, 2001 7.5 out of 10 75
Svenska PC Gamer Apr, 2001 74 out of 100 74


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Before the release of the game Blue Byte made a little promo arcade game using quite the same graphics, named Settlers: Smack-A-Thief

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Erwin Bergervoet (298) added The Settlers: Fourth Edition (Windows) on Feb 12, 2001