Emperor: The Dynasty – Kaiser review
The very first ever computer I ever owned was a Commodore 64, and for those that remember the version I had, it was the brown one. With my tape deck connected, I would patiently wait for the crazy loading noises to start and my game to load. I remember Kaiser from way back when it was first released on the Commodore and I used to play it all the time in the late 80s. It has just been revamped by Comport Interactive. Now accordingly to the developer:
Emperor – The Dynasty is based on the old-school game “Kaiser” from the C64 computer. So please do not expect a very complex management game. The goal was to achieve a “remake” with modern graphic but without any new features!
In Kaiser you take the role of a German prince and you start off in one province. Each province give you the chance to build things such as fields for food, market places for money, barracks for soldiers, foundry for cannons, city walls for added defence, and mines for materials. Sound familiar? It’s kind of like a basic version of Civilization, with the look and feel of the board game Risk. The object of the game is to raise your armies as well as keeping your population fed and most importantly, defending the territories you acquire. The developers were right in saying the management of the game isn’t complex, it’s quite basic really. With the added function of tutorial messages to help you on the way the game is really quick to pick up and learn.
The fighting mechanics are simple too. You send armies against your enemies and as long as they are bigger than the opposing army you usually win. The game doesn’t show you how this is worked out though, and what I did find frustrating was that you don’t get to see what the neighboring strength of the armies beside you are. I got round this by usually sacrificing one unit to test the strength of the area you want to attack. The process of teasing out the enemies strength is very addictive though. Within minutes of installing the game I was hooked, and I lost hours and hours. Maybe it was the fact that I had played the C64 original that made me love it so much, but I think it stands on its own merits today.
Did I really like it that much? No, I loved it. I’m a big fan of turn based strategy and this is one I will repeatedly play in my collection. The classical sound track with the game is a nice touch too. Definitely worth a purchase at £2.49 I give it…
9 cannons in the province out of 10