Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is a strategy game where you, as the newly minted king of the realm, construct buildings and raise armies to deal with a slew of unorthodox problems. There is some violent content, with cartoonish graphics, blood, and shrieks. There's little objectionable content otherwise; however, the scenarios reflect a cynical kind of diplomacy that will be lost on younger players. Missions include killing elves who are protesting the construction of a royal hunting ground in their sacred forest, and destroying harpies as punishment for taking hostages to protest discrimination against women.
Is it any good?
MAJESTY is unique in that heroes are not directly under the player's control. Left to their own devices, they explore, attack, and even purchase items autonomously while you construct buildings that unlock new units and upgrades, and help out with godly powers like the ability to summon lightning or reveal new parts of the map. Players can issue specific "go here," "attack that" commands only if they pay to set up bounties -- the higher the price, the more heroes are likely to pay attention. Players face a different set of conditions in each level (such as temples not being available due to a religious holiday, or elves and dwarves too busy fighting each other to help out), which prevents gameplay from ever becoming stale. MAJESTY is a fun and nuanced strategy game that is best suited for slightly older players.