Mojang, the studio behind the gargantuan sandbox game Minecraft, has released a brand new game on Steam without any kind of advertising, PR or previews, and it’s completely 100% free. Crown & Council is a turn-base strategy game created entirely by one man: Mojang’s Henrik Pettersson.
Originally conceived as part of a game jam – essentially a get together for games developers that aims to plan, design and create games within an extremely short period of time, Mojang has decided to release the title to the public by publishing it on Steam for all to enjoy without having to spend a dime.
Mojang describes Crown & Council as a “fast-paced strategy game about conquering land and obliterating rival monarchs”, that’s “simple to play, but not quite to easy to win.”
It’s Crown and Council, a fast-paced strategy game about conquering land and obliterating rival monarchs. Click adjacent land tiles to subdue them with your army, earning gold to fund further expeditions, defensive forts, naval attacks, universities and more. Muscle your opposition off the map! There can be only one ruler in these lands!
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? Or do yo go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?
You can watch Crown & Council‘s launch trailer above. The visuals may be a little on the archaic side, but considering the extremely short period of time in which Pettersson put the title together, it’s actually rather impressive. Not to mention that it’s entirely free to download.
So what are you waiting for? Go and start your campaign of world domination right now. We’ll even save you the trouble of searching for it – here’s the direct link to the game’s Steam page.