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The Twelve Games of Christmas #1 – A Kingdom for Keflings

Posted by Rampant Coyote on December 14, 2010

I’m only human. (Maybe if I was actually part-coyote, I wouldn’t have this problem).

Between blogging ~5 times a week, frantically trying to finish a relatively major indie game, and running an indie games website all in what was once, long ago, called my “spare time,” things fall through the cracks. Sure, sure, I could maybe quit playing games altogether… but all work and no play make Jay a dull boy. All work and no play make Jay a dull boy. All work and no play make Jay a dull boy.

Uh, sorry, brain went somewhere else for a second. Where was I? On crack! I mean, on falling through cracks! Right. Okay, what I’ve let slip over the last few months is adding new games to the Rampant Games line-up. I’ve got indies annoyed at me for neglecting them. To them, I’m sorry.

So I’m gonna make up for lost time between now and Christmas, as I did in the spring, and introduce several indie games that have been released over the last few months that you may have overlooked.

First of all – and most delayed of them all – is A Kingdom for Keflings PC. This is a hit XBox 360 game now come to the PC. I was involved with its development in the earliest stages, briefly, back when I was working at NinjaBee (a long, long time ago…)

What is A Kingdom for Keflings? Amusingly enough, it kinda-sorta began life as a game-in-a-day project (called “Rome“). At least, Rome was a proof-of-concept. At that point, it was simply an experiment in building a city and helping it survive. Later, at NinjaBee, it was codenamed “Giant,” and then “Kingdom,” until long after I was gone.  But the core city-building and managementpart survived.

The twist is that you play a giant. A helpful giant. That, or you are a normal person, helping build up a city of diminutive folk named Keflings. But you are a giant to them. Anyway, besides simply directing and managing the city, you also get to perform the biggest feats of manual labor.  Booyah! But the little Keflings can be trained to perform various jobs, too. And booted (literally) from what they are doing to do something else.

Here’s what I’m talking about:

It’s a very fun, cute city-building game. While you don’t get to use your cute XBox 360 avatars for this game, you are provided with a number of characters to use as your giant. And you get the downloadable content for free at the NinjaBee website.

You can give it a try here:

A Kingdom for Keflings PC

Filed Under: Game Announcements, Strategy Games - Comments: 4 Comments to Read

  • MadTinkerer said,

    So it’s basically the Lilliputian section of Gulliver’s Travels made into a game. FINALLY. If anyone had asked me back in the NES days I would have told them this is one of the games I would have suggested.

    “All’s well! What a rainy day…”

  • stay said,


  • Rampant Coyote said,

    AKA That Really Cool Game I Meant to Add Forever Ago.

  • skavenhorde said,

    They have this on sale now over at GamersGate: http://www.gamersgate.com/DD-AKFK/a-kingdom-for-keflings for $6.78

    I don’t think I’ll get it. I prefer my giants to be the cute furry kind like in Black & White 😉