Mojang Releases 'Crown & Council' on Steam

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Mojang on Friday surprised fans with a new free-to-play video game.

Crown and Council, now on Steam, is a fast-paced strategy adventure wrapped in a geopolitical drama. "Conquer, expand, build, and develop your kingdom, until all your foes are crushed," the Steam description says.

Created by Mojang's Henrik Pettersson, Crown and Council features the same pixel art familiar to fans of the company's popular sandbox game Minecraft. Players are encouraged to "muscle your opposition off the map" by ambushing adjacent land tiles with the click of a button, earning gold to fund expeditions, defenses, attacks, and more.

"It's simple to play, but not quite so easy to win," Mojang said in a blog post. "Do you spend all your cash on universities, hoping to survive long enough that your book-learnin' makes you unstoppable in the late game? Or do you go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?"

Early reviews suggest most players enjoy the game, calling Crown and Council "very fun and addictive," though others complain about early glitches. "A simplistic and slightly buggy game that absolutely feels like the jam-game (a game created in a short amount of time, usually in a distracting party environment) it is," one review said.

At the end of the day, though, as one player wrote in a mostly positive critique, "It is a free game, so I guess I can't complain."

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