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City Building at Its Finest

Reviewed by: Kevin "KoynePurse" | Twitter | May 29, 2017

Sandbox mode provides a different experience everytime!

  • Review Play Time: 10.5 hours
  • Price: $21.99 (CAD)

so far... I got $2.09/Hour* of amusement

*Based on updated Steam total play time.

Game Flow

  • Build roads and houses to attract citizens
  • Begin food/goods production and mining
  • Setup shops to sell goods
  • Uh-oh citizens are unhappy - increase alcohol production!
  • As houses grow, so do citizens' needs
  • Setup trade routes for unattainable goods or to increase supply of common goods
  • Collect taxes
  • Raise an army
  • Research economic, military and diplomatic technologies
  • Fight enemies using armies and casting spells!
  • No “on-map invaders?” Attack other cultures and make them a vassal


  • Colorful graphic style
  • Scratches that nostalgia itch for city-builders of old like Pharaoh or Caesar
  • Icons hover over houses to show what citizens need
  • Campaign steadily introduces gameplay mechanics
  • Sandbox mode
  • Four cultures each with their own strengths and weaknesses
  • The construction UI is easy to read and understand
  • Visuals showing houses evolving/devolving based on needs being met/not met
  • Real time army control
  • Loot treasure chests and research points within the game world
  • Ability to invade other cities
All Likes


  • Goods distribution can be a little clunky
  • I had a number of issues where my houses were in the coverage area of the food peddlers but were not receiving food or medicine
  • I would like to see a small tutorial on the more complicated features such as correctly setting up trade depots
  • Ability to rotate the map would be helpful, especially when building roads
All Dislikes

The Final Word

At its core, Hearthlands is a city-building game. However, with the addition of research, diplomatic relationship building and spell casting, it becomes much more. Just when you think everything is under control, the game throws a new problem in the mix, keeping the game interesting yet frustration-free. If you are looking for a deep and engrossing game that adds new complexity and fun to the city builder genre, you should take a look at Hearthlands.

Worth it?


Reviewed by: Kevin "KoynePurse" | Twitter | May 29, 2017