King Arthur’s Gold
Firstly, I must point out that the full version of this game is now NOT free. But the version I played upon its release was, and is still available for free download. I assure you, it’s a game in itself.
Who likes mining!? I do. And if you don’t, then nuts to ya! With games like Minecraft and Terraria, the user response to heavy labour as something other than a chore or striking trade has been a revelation that so many indie companies have tried to cash in on. But KAG is infinitely better than the “Castle builds,” “Fortress Wars,” and “Mine Cities” you’ll find on most indie marketplaces. King Arthur’s Gold is a competitive, 2D, combat based game with a heavy emphasis on mining and building as part of your defensive strategy. Based around two competing online teams of warriors, archers and builders, both after each other’s gold reserves.
The game can be a little overwhelming for new players. There are huge numbers of players on the servers, but most of them have been playing since its release. They know the ins and outs. They know exactly how to construct an effective fortress before you’ve even worked out how to lay a brick. There are tutorials, but after I’d finished them, I found myself feeling as clueless as I had to begin with.
But it just takes time. After a little relentless effort and a few cups of coffee, I began to master the balance of construction and combat. I felt part of a team like I hadn’t done in any game for a long time, let alone a freeware title. Whether I was constructing something epic to defend our gold supply, setting out what I considered to be a genius spike trap for unwitting soldiers to collapse into, hacking down enemy miners that I’d been tracking for the last minute or so, lobbing a bomb into a pit, only to be treated with the visual stimuli of tiny bits of people flying into the air, or using my archer’s arrows as a makeshift ladder to climb up a structure and rain hell upon the attacking forces. Every class gave me confidence that I was contributing to the war effort. All for one, you beautiful bastards!
The music’s absolutely wonderful, and if you enjoy older style 2D graphics, it’s pretty damn impressive. The whole thing runs as smoothly as you like, and the more I played, the better it got. One of the best freeware titles I’ve played in some time. I myself have gone on to purchase the full version which is currently in its Alpha stage and therefor only costs $9.99. It’ll consist of additional game modes, including multiplayer zombie modes and Mongolian Horde mode! I love Mongolian Hordes. Character customisation, animals, water and fire simulation. There’s just so much to come. If you enjoy yourself, I strongly recommend to get it whilst it’s cheap. You can pick it up at http://kag2d.com/en/