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A strategy game with cartoony graphics and an innocent line in humour. At the start of the level you choose a starting point, the intention being to get lots of flat land as well as resources to mine and ideally existing sources of trees, stones and water (for fish). Your people are vying for supremacy with up to 3 others.

The gameplay focuses on resource management. Each building requires a certain amount of wood (and stones for some of them) to be constructed and requires particular resources to perform its function successfully. Food must be produced (either fish, bread (requiring a windmill, grain-farmer and baker) or pork (requiring a pig-farmer and butcher as well as the grain-farm) to feed the people working in mines to produce the iron, coal and gold (as well as additional stones).

Huts and Watch-Towers are built to expand your territory, sometimes at the expense of an enemy's land (clever play involves targeting an area where your opponent has a crucial building, thus compromising his production).

To finally win the level, you must defeat your opponents. Combat is fought one-at-a-time by the little soldiers and a victory results in all surrounding buildings being lost.

The game features 30 preset missions. 6 tutorials missions will help beginners to learn the game mechanics. The game also offers the possibility to play semi-randomly (based on a 16-number key) generated maps. The map size varies from small maps, for quick matches, to large maps to, depending on how much RAM is available, huge maps, for very long matches as the fact that the in-game statistics can be displayed on a 50-hour scale illustrates. These semi-random maps can be played in single-player mode but can also be played by 2 players on one system, if you have 2 mice, in which case the screen is vertically split.


Serf City: Life is Feudal DOS Our settler need more wood in sawmill.
Serf City: Life is Feudal DOS Available resources
Serf City: Life is Feudal DOS Main Menu
Serf City: Life is Feudal Amiga Intro - return from journey

Promo Images

Serf City: Life is Feudal Magazine Advertisement
Serf City: Life is Feudal Logo
Serf City: Life is Feudal Screenshot "Move into your new domain and set up the first houses. Make sure there's enough building materials and food"
Serf City: Life is Feudal Screenshot "Search for mineral resources and produce meat and bread! The diagrams show where something is amiss"

Alternate Titles

  • "工人物语" -- Simplified Chinese spelling
  • "The Settlers" -- European title
  • "Gongren Wuyu" -- Simplified Chinese title
  • "Die Siedler" -- German title

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User Reviews

Old good time city building and war... DOS 666gonzo666 (62145)
A breath of fresh air - strategic and innovative yet humourous and surprising DOS Martin Smith (78)
In the same league as Civilization (though different), this game is the Genuine Article. DOS Tomer Gabel (4643)

Critic Reviews

Electric Playground DOS Nov 29, 1996 10 out of 10 100
PC Joker DOS Jun, 1994 91 out of 100 91
Computer Gaming World (CGW) DOS Sep, 1994 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Pelit DOS Mar, 1995 90 out of 100 90
Retro Archives Amiga Sep 14, 2018 18 out of 20 90
The One Amiga Amiga Dec, 1993 90 out of 100 90
Amiga Dream Amiga Jan, 1994 90 out of 100 90
Power Play DOS May, 1994 89 out of 100 89
Score Amiga Mar, 1994 83 out of 100 83
High Score Amiga May, 1994 4 out of 5 80


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1001 Video Games

The Settlers appears in the book 1001 Video Games You Must Play Before You Die by General Editor Tony Mott.


The way the battles were handled in this game was infamously polite and hilarious. If you wished to attack an village, your soldiers would walk up to the enemy barracks and knock on the door. Then one of their units would come out and you would duke it out mano a mano. Repeat until either you or they ran out of units.


One of Massive Development's (today a JoWood company) first projects was the porting of the highly successful Blue Byte game from Amiga to PC. To do this, Massive developed an Amiga to PC assembly language translator. Serf City: Life is Feudal sold several hundred thousand copies worldwide.


  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Game in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
    • Issue 02/1995 – Best Strategical in 1994 (Readers' Vote)
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #25 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1994 – Best Amiga Game in 1993
  • Świat Gier Komputerowych (Poland)
    • Issue 01/1995 - Golden Disk Award for the best foreign game of 1994
Information also contributed by Stillman

Related Web Sites

  • Siedlercommunity (german) (A complete german site which offers descriptions, strategies, cheats and more for the first and the second part of "Die Siedler".)
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