'Minecraft' Creator Has a New Strategy Game, 'Crown and Council'

Swedish developer Mojang, creator of the popular sandbox game "Minecraft," announces a brand new game called "Crown and Council." The game is now available for free for PC gamers through Steam.

"Originally a jam game, Crown and Council is a casual strategy game of geopolitical drama," Mojang writes in the game's Steam page. "Conquer, expand, build and develop your kingdom, until all your foes are crushed!"

In this new strategy game described as fast-paced, players take on the role of a monarch with the objective of becoming the sole ruler of the entire board. To do this, players must defeat his enemies and expand his territory, which can be done by clicking on adjacent lands. They must also earn gold in order to build universities, defensive forts, and more. The gold will also be used to fund naval attacks and further expeditions.

The gameplay is similar to "Civilization" or "Risk." It's fast and simple to play but challenging to win, according to Slash Gear.

"It's simple to play, but not quite so easy to win: do you spend all your cash on universities, hoping to survive long enough that your book-learnin' makes you unstoppable in the late game?," Mojang asks gamers. "Or do you go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?"

"Crown and Council" includes 75 procedurally generated maps. Mojang says the generator is built into the game, so players can create new maps if they prefer. The game also features a 16-bit era pixel-art style.

As with "Minecraft," "Crown and Council" was made entirely by a single Mojang employee, Henrik Pettersson. "Minecraft" was created by Markus "Notch" Persson.

"Crown and Council" is free to download from Steam, requiring only 300 MB of free space, 1 GB RAM, and 1.5 GHz or faster processor.

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