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Sunflowers
1996
Genre:
Strategy
Theme:
Politics / Multiplayer / Logistics /
Historical / Business
Language:
Deutsch
Licence:
Commercial
System:
PC (DOS)
Views:
46562

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Mr Creosote:
5/6
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5/6
Popular Vote:
5.6/6
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Mr Creosote (2006-12-31) [hide]

Avatar Money and political power are often closely related. The family referenced in the title is one of the best known historical examples of this phenomenon. The members of that family don't actually appear in the game, though. It takes place a few levels below that instead. On a regional level, i.e. a member state of the former 'Holy Roman Empire', the player tries to gain political influence - just like the big idols.

But let's start from the beginning. The competitors don't have more than a simple cart and a few Talers of money. It's the short-term goal to increase the latter by the means of trading. This trading follows well-known formulas: Produce goods in one city, transport it to another and sell it there for a profit. The transport is done by different means, like the mentioned carts or anything up to balloons. In the cities, sufficient storage capacity has to be available.

Many games stop here already. Shuffling goods back and forth with all its micromanagement makes the trading empire difficult to keep track of later, of course, and this reduces fun significantly. Die Fugger 2 circumvents this problem. The details of the trading can be committed by hired directors who take over the daily work in a cityin exchange of a margin of the profits. The player just has to take care of assigning an overall budget then.

The player still has more than enough to do in relation to the political career. 'Mittelland' (as the game's 'world' is called) is divided into three counties of which each consists of several cities. Both worldly and churchly jobs are available on all three levels, and they're often up for taking. At the start of the game, you'll usually be happy with the title of a councilman, priest or mayor, but higher profits ask for something higher. What about the job of a chief financial advisor of the county or bishop? Finally, it gets really interesting for those aspiring to be Inquisitor, Chancellor or even Regent.

All these titles are decided about 'on demand', i.e. if the job has become vacant by death, resignation or dismissal of the former occupant. How the fitting cadidate is chosen is clearly regulated. Mayors are elected by the three Councilmen of the city, for example, and those are chosen by the three members of the senate (judge, treasurer, builder). The mayor can, in return, appoint the latter three. To be elected / chosen, you have to make sure the responsible persons have a high sympathy for you. A little 'donation' could help tremendously, for example...

Apart from waiting, there are other ways to free a desired position. For example, you can hire spies to collect compromising material about the one sitting on the chair you want, and if this material then finds its way to the desk of the respective superior, you might get your chance sooner than you though. Alternatively, you can sue the person - one of the possible sentences is dismissal.

Each job gives you certain privileges. A judge can decide whether someone is guilty or not guilty, for example, an Archbishop can cause wonders to happen and a Secretary of Justice can simply change the laws of the country according to his personal wims. Others give you a strategic advantage - as Inquisitor, you can pretty much get everybody out of his job without any problems.

Additionally, there is a small military component built into the game. It's an open secret that there are a few brigand camps in the country. If you get control over one of these, you can try to intercept and steal the transports of your competitors. The soldiers stationed in the castles are standing on the other side of the law. Battles are fought in real time with the option to pause and give new orders. In spite of a number of orders being available, this part of the game remains just a minor footnote.

Die Fugger 2 can be seen as a pure multiplayer game with training mode. Single players don't have to turn away from it immediately, but many functions don't make much sense this way (why should you want to sabotage an anonymous AI player, for example?), and the political career doesn't serve much of a purpose, either. With more human players, this is very different, of course - the competition elevates the agme to new heights.

Another good idea is that there is another game mode than the normal 'infinite' one (which, in fact, is limited, too - from a certain year on, no children are born anymore, dooming every dynasty to a foreseeable 'game over'). That mode includes fixed goals. Each player picks a card (in reality, not in the game) which describes his personal mission. These missions are split into three levels of difficulty (setting the rough time required to finish the game). A mission could be about getting a certain job or title, for example, or about earning a certain amount of money and private property. By entering a listed code, the game knows what the exact goal is, but no other player is aware of what his competitor is up to exactly.

Reducing the game to a single digit rating isn't a simple task. Playing is together with a few other motivated players, it's a lot of fun - a well-deserved '5'. The 'hot seat' mode is the only option for that, though, you can't play over a network / the Internet. Playing alone, it's just average in spite of nice options and its low learning curve. So deduct a couple of points for that. Those few who have read all of this know what it's supposed to mean, and everybody else... bad luck.

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Comments (13) [hide] [Post comment]

Neuer (2016-07-23):

Für mich eins dieser Kultspiele, an die kein neues Game rankommt. Hab auch die Gilde 2 gespielt und selbst wenn der Nachfolger doch sehr unterhaltsam ist, kommt einfach nix an den Witz und den Charme dieser DOS-Wirtschaftssimulation ran.

Mr Creosote (2016-07-14):

Dosbox sollte da weiterhelfen.

Neuer (2016-07-14):

Wie krieg ich das Spiel unter Windows 7 zum laufen? beim installieren des VBE Treiber und der Installation von dem Spiel selbst erscheint die Meldung,dass die Datei nicht mit der Windowsversion kompatibel ist...

roka84 (2015-08-13):

oh wie sehr ich das spiel geliebt habe :) Leider dauert der dl ewig, aber man hat ja zeit ;)

Peter90 (2015-07-25):

eines der besten Spiele aus meiner Jugend. Kann ich nur empfehlen.

Gangleri (2015-07-21):

Tatsächlich eines der wenigen Spiele, die die Zeiten überdauern. Zählt ganz sicher zu den digitalen Evergreens.

MrHappy (2015-07-20):

eines der besten spiele meiner jugend........

ostap (2015-04-20):

Dieses Spiel macht sehr viel mehr Spaß als die Nachfolger mit 3D Grafik.

Die Grafik ist zwar recht durchwachsen (man könnte meinen, den Machern sei zwischenzeitlich das Geld ausgegangen und sie mussten statt der gemalten Hintergründe auf billige Rendergrafiken zurückgreifen), aber Spielspaß und Stimmung des Spiels sind hervorragend!

Emcee (2015-04-04):

Eins der ersten Spiele (an meinem alten 486er) die ich wirlich
gesuchtet habe. :P

Die Grafik ist zwar in die Jahre gekommen, aber das Spiel altert
im Vergleich zu vielen anderen sehr gut.

Ein gutes Spiel für ein paar verregnete Nachmittage.

5 Punkte von mir.

moarle (2014-11-15):

Einfach nochmal zurück in die "gute alte Zeit" !!!
Da werden Erinnerungen wach!

Janlasse (2013-12-13):

Eindeutig ein Klasse Spiel... Meine Lieblings WiSim und besser geht das nicht über die Grafik kann man hinweg sehen für mich gibs da kein - einfach gut und umfangreich das Spiel

Mr Creosote (2008-02-01):

Quote:
Zum Punkt der im Test genannt wurde, das es faulheit war, diesem Spiel nur einen Hotseat Modus zu geben
Diese Aussage ist im Test gar nicht... Der "faule Kompromiss" ist die Wertung, weil der Spaß zwischen Einzel- und Multiplayer so stark divergiert.

Ein rundenbasiertes Spiel per Netzwerk ist ja prinzipiell nichts Besonderes. Master of Orion 2 macht das beispelsweise genau so, wie du es beschreibst: Alle Menschen ziehen gleichzeitig, und es wird dann gemeinsam ausgewertet. Sehe ich kein Problem. Ansonsten geht natürlich auch problemlos hintereinander. Hauptsache netzwerkfähig.

klkraetz (2008-02-01):

Hallo,

ich perönlich gebe dem Spiel ganze 5 pkt. Ich habe es nicht nur alleine daheim (vor vielen Jahren einmal) gespielt sondern auch sehr oft mit fast meiner gesamten näheren Familie oder vielen Freunden. Das Spiel macht im Multiplayer Modus sehr viel Spass und ist meiner Meinung nach ungeschlagen bis heute in dieser Kategorie.

Zum Punkt der im Test genannt wurde, das es faulheit war, diesem Spiel nur einen Hotseat Modus zu geben kann ich nicht zustimmen. Stellt euch doch mal vor dieses Spiel im Internet zu Spielen und dann zu warten bis die anderen fertig sind mit ihrem Zug. Die andere Möglichkeit währe ein simultaner Modus. Bei dem würde dieses Spiel aber viel von seinem Reiz verlieren, da man so in der gleichen Runde sich für Greuertaten am Mitspieler rächen könnte. Die letze Möglichkeit wär ein simultaner Modus der aber erst am Ende der Rnde ausgeführt wird. Dadurch kann man dann aber auch nicht mehr vorausplanen und dem Gegner "Fallen stellen.

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