Moby ID: 177
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Build a series of castles to gain dominion over all the land. You'll have to make decisions that will affect your favor with the Church, nobles, and peasants. Keep a strong military and a large workforce while watching the level of your treasury.


  • キヤッスルズ - Japanese spelling

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Average score: 70% (based on 20 ratings)


Average score: 3.6 out of 5 (based on 40 ratings with 2 reviews)

Classic strategy in a league of its own.

The Good
Easy to understand and a generous learning curve. A clean interface and well sorted and constructed menus. The over all playability is excelent and the replay value is extremly high. Extremly high quality graphics (for 1991) also add to an excelent gaming experience.

The Bad
The long waiting period especally after your castle is built until the end of the game. Also the erratic builing times (a very noticable difference bettween the lenth in days bettween building walls [100 days takes forever] and towers [100 days is like 10 minutes] with max workers, 90, for each) and the extremly buggy building...the people sometimes just stop building for no aparent reason and then start again. Castles also is much to involved with building only a few castles (fixed in Castles II where your rule is a little more internatonial) and it's to easy to be backed into a corner early on.

The Bottom Line
An excelent strategy game simmilar to Sim City, only less involved and complicated. Your mission is to build a castle and defend it from any invaders. The interface is excelent and although the game is pretty long and draged out, it's still involed and can be exciting. If you don't have a large military than you may find yourself defeated quite frequently.

You, as the king of Engaland, must also make important decisions about current (kind of, the game is set in the 1200's) events like if you want to forgive your brother or support your commanders in far away places. The game is quite unique and although compared to Sim City, the games are worlds apart. Sim City is a biz sim almost: you focus on money and land, crime and fires. Castles focuses on building a castle, managing battles abroad, and defending the castle from invaders by managing a military.

DOS · by Plix (197) · 2000

Great Game.

The Good
I love this game. First of all its alot of fun building your castle and defending it against the celts. The political part is fun too. I like the things you can do, for example, one time this messanger brought news of war. I sent his head back to his master. The game's tough to get used to but within ten to fifteen minutes you'll figure it out.

The Bad
It's sometimes hard to get your builders to do what you want. Battles aren't that cool. Basicly you set the figures down and watch the battle. It works for defending the castle with archers but dosen't work well with the foot soligers.

The Bottom Line
Even with the few probloms the game is great. It's a must for anyone who likes the castles or the Middle ages. if your one of those people go to Interplays web store and buy it now! All it takes is 6 bucks (credit card needed)and a short download.

DOS · by Wolfang (155) · 2000


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Game added by Eurythmic.

Sharp X68000 added by Rola. Linux added by Plok. Amiga, Atari ST added by Martin Smith. Antstream added by lights out party. FM Towns added by Terok Nor. PC-98 added by Unicorn Lynx. Windows, Macintosh added by Koterminus.

Additional contributors: Jeanne, Kayburt.

Game added July 25, 1999. Last modified February 4, 2024.