Huh, a great but not easy playability, though. The lions were a bit of a challenge in the beginning. I liked the idea, that you didn’t place lots of resources, farmland. Lots of trees helped me to raise my economy in a flash. Later I had to chop my way through (Literally). I’ve managed to build a strong castle (But not very big, a lot of buildings were outside). My population reached over 300, but I managed to feed them. I used all the available farmland to grow wheat. Later I tested my castle by organizing few huge invasions, but the enemy didn’t have a chance. My weapon production was at its best: all the workshops were situated in the isolated area (On the high plain, near the hill lake). All in all, this map is very fun to play. Thumbs up!
It’s a good balance for a castle builder map. You’ve placed the major resources even in all parts of the map. It’s very important when choosing a place for the stone keep. The farmland was located well, too. There weren’t many spots of empty free space to build a huge castle (I like that), because the mountains cover a better part of the map. Deer helped a lot to fill my granary. The signposts were situated well in the corners. A great work balancing!
There were some interesting details in the map. I liked the dam with a hill lake. It’s good, that you put the stairs to reach the high plain. The poor fellow’s castle ruins were nice, too. The lion idea was great. I found hidden oases, which i found to be a very good idea. Creating a map with mountains was interesting, but it needed some more interesting sights. You also could disable a few buildings, but I like the playability the way it is. Still, I found your map interesting.
Map Design: 4
The mountains and hills were the best objects in the map. You created them really great: a mixture of shrub, rocks, boulders and iron ore made the mountains look very realistic. The dam looks nice, too. Resources were mixed with rocks, shrub (I like that). The river and the lake look real, but I didn’t like that lagoon. You should compound it with the river. Farmland was created using all sorts of scrub; it had trees but needed a little shrub. There weren’t any empty spaces because you added hills, trees and rocks. All sorts of animals make the map livelier. You've also added some hidden oases. Maybe the design needed a little more details, but you did a good job! Well done!
Well you added a nice description and the writing style was easy and understandable. It blend with the map nicely (You described the map details), but you could have added descriptions, and make the story a little longer.
A nice, fun and easy playable castle builder map. You have to defeat the lions and then run a strong economy. I advise everybody, who likes castle builder maps, to download your work.
[Edited on 05/20/07 @ 02:02 PM]