With its crowdfunding campaign on Fig set to close later on this evening, Lion Shield’s Kingdoms and Castles video game has successfully secured more than $100,000 from nearly 1,350 backers. The game was first launched on the funding portal at the end of November and originally sought to raise only $15,000, which it achieved in a matter of days.
Kingdoms and Castles, which was notably inspired by the SimCity series, Banished, and Stronghold, is described as a game about growing a kingdom from a tiny hamlet to a sprawling city. The players’ kingdoms must survive a “living and dangerous world,” which may include Viking raiders, dragon attacks, and beast discoveries. To build a city, players must layout and expand their town strategically to improve peasant happiness and attract more residents. Each kingdom must tax the residents as a way to fund their castle, make sure all are fed in the winter and survive plagues, and also throw special events or build areas that will make residents happy. Along with keep residents alive and happy, each kingdom must be able to defend themselves. This means to build walls and towers to keep out danger.
Funds from the campaign will go towards development, publishing, and release, along with sound effects, music, and software licenses. In a recent update, the Lion Shield team stated:
“We want to give a warm thanks to all of you and also to the folks at Fig who helped us along the way. After a crazy month we’re now at over 537% funded and we’ve achieved almost every single stretch goal. You all rock!”
The team also noted that once the campaign closes they will be working on the alpha. Once the alpha is live, they plan to send out Steam keys to all alpha backers.
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