The Seven Cities of Gold: Commemorative Edition Review
By Shona Hanisco
The Seven Cities of Gold was remarkably addictive for those players interested in empire building and world discovery. Set during the heyday of Spain's exploration expeditions, the game features aspects of both role playing, economic management and adventure. Most of the exploration and navigation is accomplished through use of a top-down perspective whereas much of the administrative aspects are dealt with via 3D screen shots which contains some very nice artwork.
Three levels of difficulty provide varying degrees of challenge and determine the amount of help the Crown is willing to dispense. You can play at the novice, journeyman and expert level. Once on solid ground, the speed of your explorations relies on various factors such as terrain forest, mountain, river, desert, jungle, plains and mode of travel boat, horse, walking. While exploring, you come into contact with local inhabitants and your decisions on how to interact with them sets the tone for success or failure. Do you use diplomacy and set up trade or are you more interested in conquest? Do you lull them with false promises and then utilize treachery and attack without warning? These and other options are available. Of course, the main thrust of your exploration will be to discover gold and build riches beyond imagining, thus providing means for future expeditions.