Europa 1400 The Guild
It's the year 1400. Europe sees the dawn of
the "golden age of the new departures and the free spirit" - the late
Middle Ages. Under the rule of the bourgeoisie and businessmen, more and
more towns are emerging from the clutches of the aristocracy and are
achieving independence, power and wealth.
The glory days of
economics have finally arrived... again in Europa 1400: The Guild that
joins two successful element of gaming into one exciting genre with
role-playing meets real-time strategy in world economic dominations...
well... known world economic domination! Buying, selling, intrigue,
Europa 1400: The Guild has it all and will make those who love the
economic gaming genre jump with glee.
The game itself can be played with a number
of different gaming options that completely
change the focus of the simulation. Starting a session brings up a 3D
map of Europe, where the player chooses a town in which to start. From
there, the player selects the difficulty level, chooses a goal-based or
free-action game, names their player and selects the kind of profession
they'd like to pursue.
For those that are a
little wary, starting statistics can be chosen at random or
players can pick their parents from a list of archetypes who then
combine profiles to create the character that is nicely done. Skill points can
also be modified
between statistics such as rhetoric, tradecraft, spying, combat and
The game itself begins in the year 1400, giving the player a modest
amount of money and a basic starting business. The objectives can range
anywhere from earning a specific government office, a set amount of
money or surviving for a number of generations to open-ended action
where the clock passes the years and the challenge continues until the
player's dynasty runs out.
of real-life simulation, combining elements of economic simulation,
real-time strategy and role-play in a fascinating, innovative way.
Set up your own family dynasty and take one of 12 different career
paths - from blacksmith, alchemist, or barkeep, to priest or thief.
Maximize your influence and power with over 30 different offices and
72 office ranks - and make life difficult for your opponents through
policies, sabotage, intrigue and conspiracy.
Immerse yourself in a complete, medieval world. Explore four historic
towns - each with a population of over 500 computerized citizens.
Intuitive and easy-to-use interface.
Seasons and historical events influence game play.
Choose from free-play or mission-based play.
Up to seven players-either computer or human-on a (LAN) network.
Richly textured real-time 3D-graphics and historically accurate
middle-age soundtrack with over 30 different titles deliver unique
Gameplay centers on earning money and increasing the
profile of your character by engaging in a variety of entertaining
submissions. A surprising amount of attention has also been given to how
each business operates and the differences associated with them.
Aside from a place to buy raw materials and sell manufactured goods, the
marketplace is also where players can get their hands on specialty items
that can enhance various facets of the game. Wearing perfume makes
members of the opposite sex like you better, while donning a ring
increases favour with members of the town council.
Europa 1400 advances in turns that represent years and seasons and
elections are held at the end of each turn. The clock consists of a
24-hour cycle, after which the turn is over and a summary is displayed. Combat
on the other hand occurs in real time that is slightly reminiscent of
Warcraft or Age of Empires.
Graphically, Europa 1400 supports a variety of different resolutions
with some extremely high polygon counts for that added dimension of
realism. With that said, even though the game is slightly dated looks
quite impressive and really gives you a feel of the life, sounds and
sights of the ancient world.
In conclusion, Europa
1400: The Guild is an entertaining economics based game that features
real-time strategy, role-playing and world-building elements to make
this one addictive game but beware... some long nights and missing time
may be caused by this title.