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The Settlers Online

The Settlers Online

Release Date:  2010
Publisher:  Ubisoft
Developer:  Ubisoft
Genre:  Strategy

Note: Ubisoft has officially named The Settlers Online as Castle Empire Online, which is nothing but the German version of Die Siedler Online.

Let’s turn the hands of the clock back into the opening years of the Renaissance when the mid-Europe is just awakening stretching its arms from a long sleep. Somewhere in this world, vast virgin lands spread out with Nature-bestowed thick forest, great mountains, productive grassland, and fertile plain with dimpling rivers meandering through. There are not many settlers here yet, visionaries have already foreseen the futuristic empire hustling and hustling with life, though. You can turn that vista into reality in The Settlers Online.

The Settlers Online is a free-to-play, browser-based, strategy MMO centering on the theme of empire building. As the web version of the pervasive PC game The Settlers of the Ubisoft, The Settlers Online is of more convenience for those who love online strategy warfare game yet loathe requirements on computer configuration or subscription fee. And now, players can just access to it through browsers, enter the delightful game world with refreshing and nostalgic graphic style, and enjoy the gameplay to heart’s content.

As the proverb goes, Rome is not built in a day. To construct the great empire, players have to start from taking care of the unexploited lands and build first settlement, providing the shelter to local people. On the small patches of undeveloped lands, players can set about sketching layout for their ideal villages. Taking various factors such as terrain and building functions into consideration, players can build different styles of architecture in the most suitable location, so as to attract more population to settle down.

With increasing settlers, players can further to develop production streamline for more resources and gradually turn villages into thriving cities. As economy grows, players should also consider developing military units, which is indispensable in defense and offense. Army serves its primary duty to safeguard its own village or city from harassment of intruders, whereas it can also be sent out to attack other cities for resources. Given the existence of potential military conflicts, alliance can be formed to strengthen each member’s forces. Besides, as the game proceeds, players also have chance to win important role in guilds, which will bring about honor, fame and treasure.

Isn’t it delightful to see a small village gradually evolve into a great empire under your excellent governance? Isn’t it wonderful to see your dream come true? Then waste no time and start with piling up the first wall.

Review: The Settlers Online

Almost a year has passed since the official release of The Settlers Online and we take this opportunity to have a closer look at the game.

Two years ago, Ubisoft announced that they were working on a browser version based on the classic game The Settlers. One year later, the developers officially published the game. Since then, the game has changed a lot, which is why we think it necessary to take a closer look at the developments and to find out whether the browser version will be fun to play.

Build, build, and build little houses!

In The Settlers Online, you will get your own island, which is divided into different sectors and most of them are still unexplored at the beginning of the game. You have only one building from the get-go, which is the town hall that also functions as a warehouse. And to create a flourishing settlement, you can start with the construction of the first fundamental building.

With lots of buildings to construct, you need more building materials than just lumber. You have to produce raw materials such as stone, copper and coal by dispatching geologists to prospect for the materials.

Over time, you would have a small thriving settlement, which mainly consists of residential buildings that work to increase the production of your settlers. Roads are only for decoration, in contrast to its predecessors and counterparts; goods are collected across country. You have to make a clever use of the space. It is possible to send a scout to explore the surrounding unexplored sectors that are still covered by clouds. Unfortunately, the bandits would capture some areas and you have to retreat before you are able to take them back. Therefore, you have to separate barracks and weapons production manufactures to keep your troop working even when you lose part of your territory.

More room for everyone!

The number of buildings on the island kind of tells how developed it is. Nevertheless, that number is limited by the building permits you have at hand. Although you can obtain them by spending the premium currency, you still have to expand and develop your city as much as you can to get more permits. The same applies to the number of available settlers: every building needs workers who in turn require accommodations. The same is true to the soldiers hired in the barracks. If you already employed all the settlers you have, you must build new residential houses to invite more people, which in turn require more building permits. That adds variety and calls for some planning in advance.

After completing missions and defeating robbers, players will get experience points and enough experience points would lead to your upgrades, which bring small rewards and access to new buildings. At level 18, for example, you unlock the iron mine, which allows you to produce iron swords and then recruit militias. That’s encouraging and it keeps you in good spirits, especially when the opponents always have better and advanced troops.

Intense attention to details

The game boasts great and beautifully designed graphics that you would crave for more even at the first glimpse. In The Settlers Online you can zoom in from different angles. For example, you can have a bird’s view of the whole island and then come right down to the buildings. Actually, zoom in as much as it is allowed and you will be able to notice many details in beautiful animation. If you go around the place, you would see animals roaming in the woods, lumberjacks chopping trees and smoke blowing off the chimneys. All those make it really entertaining and relaxing. What are missing from the game, however, are the hard-working porters who bring the goods produced in the camp for their new destination.

The details have a price though: computers with poor performance can sometimes be a little overwhelmed. Also, there might be breakdowns occasionally but since the developers improved the game considerably in recent months you can now enjoy the graphics on computers significantly weaker.

Production chains

The gameplay of Settlers has always been based on the production chains of various commodities. The browser spin-off is no exception: you can brew beer with wheat and water, treat the soldiers at the barracks and then provide weapons to train the soldiers. However, gold ore is processed into bars using coal, which is subsequently used to manufacture currency. All production steps are logically connected and are easy to follow. Some goods can be further refined later in the game. For instance, players of higher levels can produce steel and steel swords, which are much better that the copper ones. Sadly, the lack of transportation and roads makes it different from a real production chain.

Everything has an end

Almost all the resources in the game are available only to a limited extent, the farm is harvestable at specified intervals, the well dries up and the mine might be exhausted. You will not have enough materials for your estates because many buildings need to be rebuilt. You might need to plant crops in new farms and dig some new wells once in a while. And when it comes to ore, you would have to send a geologist to prospect for it, which will take some time. Those who would not want to wait that long can spend a bit of premium currency. Besides, it is also possible to produce useful items in the food stores: fish stocks can be increased if you add the required food, which is made from bread.

Should you still be missing certain products, you can check the market for good deals. The game now allows players to exchange their extra goods with teammates. You can decide what and how much to exchange for goods you want.

Long-term motivation and outlook

Those who look for new challenges might as well try missions that give a time-limited access to another island. In that case, you must obtain all the extra rewards and experience points. But since all the quests all revolve around combat missions and you always have to wait until the troop strength is replenished, you can easily get bored.

Thankfully, the developers know about that problem and they try to keep the players with assorted events, ranging from Halloween Special, Easter egg hunting to Championship Event, where defeating an opposing army on a football-type card is at the center. In addition, Blue Byte and Ubisoft have announced that the game will be expanded to include other functions and will offer a PvP mode sometime. That means you will be allowed to compete against your friends and their armies. The developers didn’t provide details on that front, but it’s still nice to see that they spare no efforts to further enhance the game.


The Settlers Online proves to be a very good implementation of the classic game. It’s fun just to enlarge one’s estate, develop new products and explore the island. But once you have conquered all, boredom arises. To make up for that, the developers keep coming up with imaginative events and updates to entertain players, which alone deserves some praise.


Make sure that your colonists always have enough raw materials and products available. You can improve your work force for your settlers, leaving them for all my devotion to your cause.

To increase your settlement, you must explore the surroundings and discover new areas where you’ll find not only valuable natural resources, but also you must push you to defend your settlement and. Are you ready to take good care of your people and increase your influence?

Together with your friends, you will feel much better to share fun with each other. Various options allow players to exchange items in the settlers world. Trade with other players in the buddy list and chat with them in the built-in chat.

Compete with your friends and experience the exciting adventures in the world of the settlers. Explore new islands and save your kingdom from the dangers.

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  12. Aashish says:

    I at outset would recommend any person intending to play this game not to spend real life money on it. Its an amazing game however a complete waste of your money. Normally players can buy gems for a price which although may seem lucrative given the discounts offered but is useless. To have fun in the game you might as well go with the game's economy without bringing real money into play.

    The game is feature rich however its biggest downside is abusive moderation. Like any online game – volunteers moderate the trading, chat and other player interactions. But given the immense control vested with the moderators and they themselves being among players, lead to unpleasant experiences and abuse of authority. You might end up using real life money for a few days only to realize that you just like thousands of other players who have tried the game could be banned for trivial issues or no reason at all.

    The silliest reason I can remember is a player getting banned caused Moderator didn't like his name, although it was neither abusive nor in any violation. Next thing they did was to change the player name after a week of ban to one of their own liking before allowing him to play.

    Retarded isn't it !!! But seemingly you are more likely to get banned than play the game.

    The support for the game is another dysfunctional area of it which leads to the downfall of the game.

    I would rate this game as 1.5 out of 5. Even the 1.5 is towards the feature rich game-playing experience. Give yourself a few months before spending any money on the in-game currency or items.

  13. Swiftly says:

    Another Mod basher, obviously!! Anyone who gets a "timeout" from the game has usually stepped outside of the rules that the moderators try to get the players to adhere to. Rules which have been made by BlueByte.

  14. bumper3 says:

    Aashish is correct.

    This game is a good game. Nice little strategy game with quite a lot to do to keep you pleasantly engrossed.
    Oh the downside is a big one.
    Because the game is PEGI-7 (available for 7 year olds) the developers Ubisoft use moderators. While some of these are very good, it only takes one bad apple like mod Lotak who is appallingly trigger happy, to not just spoil you game, but ban you from it altogether.
    You are right to assume that players are at fault, but you do so at your peril.
    Imagine investing real money in the game (terms and conditions state you can have no legal claims against UbiSoft) and you are singled out for Lotaks personal attention. It really doesn't matter if you are in the right or wrong. A permanent ban ( any mod can be an immature teenagers with no sense of responsibility) will not just deprive you of playing, but will ensure you never see another pennies worth of game play – let alone a refund.

    This game is not for the likes of players of WoW where your game play is guaranteed for a small monthly investment, this game takes your cash, then does exactly as it chooses and to heck with your investment.

    It's up to you, but please do be careful with your money in this moderator infested jungle.

  15. Wallace Carpenter says:

    Good game, shame that the mods are so power crazy kicking everyone off all the time.

    Half the people I got to know were kicked off inside a week.

    Not worth playing.

  16. Mike Diamond says:

    We live in a "Do as I say not as I do Generation". Do not expect empathy or equity for quite a few more years until the baby boomers and elders are all flushed out.

  17. DIENOOBENEMY says:

    i like the game. i am a registered vetaran user and frequent player. the only thing i dont like is having to log in every day to get rewards

    PS see u online

  18. TooTrusting says:

    Just try and get any help out of their so called support staff. I did invest some money to speed a few things up and last sunday over 3000 gems disappeared. No explanation nothing. All their support will say is you bought them you spent them not our problem. Well I paid thru PayPal so yes there is something I can do. It is called get my money back!!

    Dont trust them…

  19. Sean says:

    The game is currently unusable, you usually can't log in due to server overload.
    it has been refusing logins for the last half hour, sometimes refusing to display any web page at all.

    Bluebyte / Ubisoft are working on this, however it has been getting steadily worse over the last two weeks.

  20. Meme says:

    I have never been warned there. I have never been banned. I don't know who the mods are.

    Another great game ruined by wretched staff acting like heroine addicts with their hands in your pocket and telling you they don't REALLY expecting you to believe it. Don't give them a dime. It will be like giving change to the homeless on South Park. It won't satisfy them and they will immediately want more. More will come asking/demanding it. And like all the other F2P makers, they will ruin your game and attack you trying to get more money out of you. Support, they only support themselves. The best reply I got so far was "Do you know how many lines of code I have to read through?" It took 3 or 4 nasty messages before they would even agree to do their job, sort of notly. They are the WORST.

  21. useruser says:

    Do not join this game

    Or at least, don't join their US servers.
    The game itself is the *worst* tamagotchi I've seen so far – search, building and other waiting times are set up such that in order to really use your resources efficiently, you basically gotta be online 24 hours. Mines collapse everytime they are being depleted and need to be searched for again, again and again – every day the same sisyphus task. Given that the fighting system just flat sucks, with the troops set up the way that you're just bound to waste a maximum amount of them when you fight AI, this makes for a pretty frustrating and annoying gaming experience just from the game setup.

    Given that there was no PvP when I was playing, this translated into lots of bored players in the global and trade chat rooms, and that turned toxic quite fast, since mods hardly online and players with too much unproductive energy to spend. Harassment, personal attacks and insults were so rampant on Ares that there were constantly forum threads dealing with the issue. And the interesting point is that it was actually the most senior players who created this kind of atmosphere and kept the "discussions" on that level, not the occasional trolls that were showing up too. And given that the senior players are the ones who are spending the money, nothing was being done about it ever unless in one particular case – your reports to admins were just being ignored.

    And should you ever have the bad idea of trying to point out these things in the chat rooms, you are immediately the new target, being harassed, viciously attacked and mocked upon. (Happened to me in the help chat when I tried to rein in a senior player who was openly trolling and insulting new players seeking advice.)
    I don't know about servers in other countries, they might be more civilized and respectful over there.

    Third reason not to join: the game is still extremely buggy, servers crashing regularly, etc.

    But besides there being better building games of the same genre available online, do NOT join the US servers – toxic atmosphere, harassments and constant bickering absolutely guaranteed. (Unless new PvP mode changed something about it, but I would not count on it.)
    Very bad gaming experience, do not join this game.

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