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Europa 1400 - The Guild (PC) Review

By Foxx

Jowood is the publisher or several lesser known PC games, such as Industry Giant 1 and 2 and Maximum Capacity: Hotel Giant. These titles fall far short of the likes of similar Maxis (EA) games… Maxis being the creators of some of the best sims ever (Sim City, The Sims, Sim Ant, Sid Meier’s Sim Golf, etc). However, Jowood has done something truly original with Europa 1400 – The Guild.

Europa begins as you choose your parents (for stats purposes) and game objective (get rich, political dominance, etc) From there you choose from several locations set in Europe in 1400 AD (France, England, etc) and your occupation. Occupations include alchemist, money lender, thief, trader, blacksmith, and the list goes on. When the game begins, your main objectives will be raking in the dough and political advancement (Bill Clinton who?). You begin with some gold, a house, a place to conduct business, and some stats in negotiation, handicraft, rhetoric, stealth, and combat. Advancing these stats becomes key if you want to be elected for office of build your business.

From here on out you can hire workers to make your wares, which can be sold at the market. What you produce depends on your profession. You may apply for civil rights and run for office. You can even blackmail your competitors. By the time I achieved the offices of Chief Informant and Tax Collector, I had a lot of political power and someone made an assassination attempt to silence me. Later, I had several highly valuable items heading to market, when I was robbed! I lost one of my delivery men and a lot of money. Had I concentrated on my combat abilities, this may have been avoided, but an alchemist has little time to pick fights. I responded by sending a form of poison over to the thieves guild. Boo yah!

It should be noted that this game moves in real time. One day in the game equals one passing year. To answer your question: Yes, eventually you will die if you have not completed your objective before then, but that’s what getting married is for. Your offspring can carry on your dynasty.

When viewing the town, you gaze down from overhead and move from building to building by a simple click. There are several options when interacting with buildings from this view (upgrading your house/workshop, buying new locations). When inside a building, you get a first person view and can scroll through different rooms. The graphics are average at best, but this game is more about the gameplay.

Overall, I would say I have only touched the surface of what you can do in Europa 1400 – The Guild. I could go on for several more pages explaining this game, but I wouldn’t do that to you. This game is a breath of fresh air in the world of simulation gaming… and best of all, your Sims won’t be born for another 600 years.

Graphics:

Average at best. Character models are choppy and jagged. The town view has a nice look, but you won’t spend most of your time there anyway.

6.5

Sound:

Some appropriate music pops up at random times. It’s not bad by any means, but it probably won’t have you tapping your toes either. Ambient sounds and decent character voices add to the mix.

7.0

Game Play:

This game is addictive. You will constantly be moving from building to building in your day’s work. The gameplay allows for quick access to anywhere you may need to go.

9.0

Replay Value:

With so many occupations and so many objectives you could literally play this game for months without boredom. You probably won’t, but you could.

9.0

Overall:

An original game with tons to do will leave you very satisfied. Some minor annoyances in graphics and gameplay are hardly noted as you descend into the addiction, that is Europa 1400 – The Guild.

8.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                 

 

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