|System: X360 (XBLA), PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: NinjaBee||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: NinjaBee||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: Apr. 1, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-4||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone 10+||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Visually, the game is identical to the Xbox 360 version. Keflings all generally look the same, and all have simple movement animations that don't vary too much. Though the game features very simplistic visuals, once you start building up your Kingdom, there will be a lot of moving bodies and buildings on the screen, which can take a toll on under-powered computers. Still, on most setups, the game runs fine, and you should be able to enjoy the game's classic look without incident.
The sound in the game is also identical to the console version. The background music features a pretty groovy acoustic tune, but unfortunately, it is very repetitive. If you are playing for more than half an hour, it can definitely become grating, and you'll be reaching for that mute button. However, without the music, the sound effects in A Kingdom for Keflings have an almost eerie quality, so it is best just to turn off all the sound.
The game is only about ten hours long, but with a retail price of only $19.99, it's not a bad deal. The Xbox 360 version is still cheaper, but if you are more comfortable with a keyboard and mouse (or do not own an Xbox 360), the game is worth the price. The Xbox 360 version does allow users to use avatars, but the PC version makes up for this by giving users several "characters" to choose from to play as. It would have been nice to see some sort of character creation system implemented to replace the avatar feature, but there are plenty of created characters that users can choose to play as.
A Kingdom for Keflings is a delightful little construction sim. Although it isn't very lengthy, and the linear construction path limits your creativity, for a game under $20, there is plenty of fun to be had creating a kingdom for the Keflings. Though the Xbox 360 version does have a more organic-feeling control system, avatar integration, and a lower price point, if you consider yourself a PC-only gamer, you should definitely check this one out!
Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Staff Contributor