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A city building game in the tradition set by the series created by Impressions which begun with Caesar. Medieval Lords is the first themed city building game with a 3D engine. Instead of the "walker" system, Medieval Lords follows the more traditional SimCity approach of connecting roads and zones of influence.

When placing a new building, a dirt path automatically appears connecting it with the rest of the town and acting as a "leash", in the sense that it cannot be moved too far from the existing road. When placed, certain buildings project a zone of influence offering bonuses to the houses within. The location of your town affects several factors, such as proximity to water and soil fertility, health, hostile presence, even religious feeling if a henge happens to be nearby. Townfolk have several needs which need to be covered: Hunger, Security, Leisure, Serenity (religion) and others, and there are several buildings covering each need. Catering to those needs is the main focus of the gameplay. Increasing population means more taxes and the ability to construct advanced buildings.

Combat is greatly simplified and based mostly on strength of numbers, rather than unit composition and quality. Surrounding your town with walls is a priority that increases the feeling of security amongst the inhabitants.


Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand Windows Every building projects a zone of influence.
Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand Windows The main menu.
Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand Windows The humble beginnings of a town.
Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand Windows The 3D map looks vaguely like Europe...

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Alternate Titles

  • "メディーバル ローズ~中世都市建国~" -- Japanese Spelling
  • "Властители Средневековья" -- Russian title
  • "Medieval Lords: Chūseitoshikenkoku" -- Japanese Title
  • "Medieval Lords: Buduj, Broń, Zdobywaj" -- Polish Title
  • "Medieval Lords: Bauen, Verteidigen, Erobern" -- German Title
  • "Keskaja Isandad: Ehita, Kaitse, Laienda" -- Estonian Title
  • "City in Danger" -- Working Title

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PC Games (Germany) Sep 23, 2004 79 out of 100 79 Aug 26, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Gameplay (Benelux) Nov 29, 2004 78 out of 100 78
Game Watcher Nov 03, 2004 7.3 out of 10 73 Aug 28, 2004 72 out of 100 72
GameStar (Germany) Sep, 2004 65 out of 100 65 Nov 29, 2004 65 out of 100 65 PC Gaming Nov 15, 2004 5.8 out of 10 58
IGN Nov 01, 2004 4.5 out of 10 45
Joystick (French) Oct, 2004 4 out of 10 40


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Silverblade (1482) added Medieval Lords: Build, Defend, Expand (Windows) on Nov 29, 2004