Kingdom: Two Crowns

Kingdom Two Crowns is the Ultimate Version of Kingdom

Originally planned as an expansion to Kingdom: New Lands, Kingdom Two Crowns has evolved into its own title. But don’t think of Two Crowns as a sequel. Instead, consider it a remake that improves upon everything New Lands has to offer. Two Crowns features a laundry list of updates and new features neatly outlined in this FANDOM wiki, but here are the main highlights:

• Campaign mode, which encourages players to build lasting kingdoms
• Co-op split-screen gameplay supports 2 local players
• Gems are a new currency used towards unlockables
• New mounts are available, including a fire-breathing dragon

Co-op play is a major upgrade in Kingdom: New Crowns.
Co-op play is a major upgrade in Kingdom Two Crowns.

Campaign Mode puts an end to the idea that all kingdoms must end. This mode has you build lasting kingdoms over the course of a multi-stage campaign. You can move among your islands, expand your influence, and plot to defeat the Greed once and for all. This mode also removes the roguelite element of permadeath. When you lose your crown, your run doesn’t end; you’re just set back. Losing your crown on the first island starts you over again on that island, while losing it on any other island starts you in the previous island’s decaying kingdom.

Campaign Mode encourages you to build a kingdom that lasts.
Campaign Mode encourages you to build a kingdom that lasts.

Local co-op allows players to explore more efficiently. P1 can go left while P2 goes right—what could be better?! While you might be tempted to stay close to your partner when enemies spawn, you’re better off splitting up since you’ll cover more ground that way. But consider huddling once in a while to share money, especially if one of you tends to hoard more money than the other.

Each player can cover a different side of the base at night in co-op mode.
Each player can cover a different side of the base at night in co-op mode.

Like New Lands, Two Crowns forgoes hints, tutorials, and guides, leaving players to figure things out for themselves. Players who need hand-holding to feel comfortable might want to steer clear of this game. At the same time, players who balk at hand-holdy games will appreciate that Two Crowns expects them to learn everything on their own. Either way, the gameplay is intuitive enough, and perseverance always leads to progress.

Perseverance always leads to progress, even if it's painfully slow at times.
Perseverance always leads to progress, even if it’s painfully slow at times. Also: check out one of the new mounts!

This game’s aesthetics aren’t much different than those in New Lands, but you will find new biomes, skylines, and other graphical flourishes. Expect to see the same signature pixel art that depicts a constantly shifting world. Days become nights, seasons change, and weather varies, and each shift is charmingly satisfying to watch. You can also expect to hear the same kind of serene soundscape that you heard in New Lands, a soundscape that melds atmospheric sounds—like chirping birds, galloping horses, and jumping fish—with a keyboard-based, ethereal soundtrack.

Kingdom features some of our favorite indie graphics of all time.
Kingdom features some of our favorite indie graphics of all time.

Kingdom Two Crowns is the best title in the franchise, serving as a perfect introduction for newbies and an essential upgrade for fans of New Lands. Playing with a friend lessens the difficulty, improves the replayability, and enhances the overall experience. Campaign Mode lets you say “no” to permadeath and build a lasting kingdom over the course of a multi-stage campaign. Plus, post-release updates are coming, bringing new content themed after feudal Japan. Two Crowns is clearly the ultimate version of any Kingdom game, and we really can’t recommend it enough.

Platform – Nintendo Switch eShop Download
Publisher – Raw Fury
Developer – Noio
Price – $19.99
Genre –Role-Playing, Strategy
Size – 1.0 GB

 We can't recommend Kingdom: Two Crowns enough.
We can’t recommend Kingdom Two Crowns enough.

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