"The Settlers IV" is the fourth instalment of the "Settlers" game series developed by Blue Byte Software. The player controls one of four races in a civilisation building game that can be played in single-player or multiplayer modes against the computer's artificial intelligence, or other human players across the Internet.
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PC Game Specifications
The "Settlers" game series are real-time strategy, civilisation building strategy games designed for the Windows operating systems. "The Settlers IV" continues with the "Settlers" franchise by incorporating new additions to graphics and gameplay, which includes a new race.
The objective of "The Settlers IV" is to build a civilisation from a colony through the skilful utilisation of resources like mining, food and tool production as well as unit class creation. "Settlers IV" players ensure that the colony and the race they choose thrive in peace and in war. The player can choose to play and lead the Romans, Vikings or Mayas. Each race has a unique look and abilities, though they are all known as Settlers. Settlers may engage in combat on land and sea, the player manages troops, units, strategy and tactics in order to achieve victory over unruly neighbours in single-player, or against other human opponents in multiplayer mode.
"The Settlers IV" has upgraded detailed graphics and higher resolution, which improves quality over previous instalments. An upgraded interface makes information easier to see and navigate. Also a new "easy mode" is included to introduce newcomers to the series by following along in a tutorial. New features in Internet play allows up to eight players, voice chat, cooperative play, online ranking, a custom coat of arms and competitive settling.
The "Dark Tribe" is a new game element in "The Settlers IV" that combines the construction and strategic elements together. Saboteurs are a new unit type that act as infiltration units. Paths that are commonly used eventually turn into roads. There is also a new improved zoom function that allows the player to see small details in the game world.
Minimum System Requirements
To play "The Settlers IV" on your PC, you need a Windows PC with a 200MHz MMX Pentium chip, 64 MB of RAM, Window 95b/98/2000/ME/NT 4.0 with Service Pack 5, a 4 MB graphics card with at least 800 by 600 resolution, a PC CD-ROM or Internet access for the downloadable version.
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