The Promised Land, a brave new world , the hole nation – all this lies in your hands! Become a true leader, a chosen one, a father of nation! Guide your colony to the victory of the modern superpower! We collected all the best that is in games of this genre, arched by exciting mini-games and carefully turned it into the deep and...
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Release Date: Jul 11, 2012

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“The Promised Land should satisfy Strategy hardcore who currently searching for something entertaining and challenging to play, however, we would also like to recommend fans of other genres to try this game too, you might as well totally in love with this game, just like we do!”
4.5/5 – All about casual game

“If you like an adventure strategy game with excellent graphics, challenging tasks to complete, and the promise of new things to explore, then The Promised Land promises to fulfil your wishes completely.”
8.5/10 – Gameswarp

“The Promised Land is a wonderful strategy game that will have you caught up in its addictive gameplay for hours at a time.”
9/10 – Biogamergirl

About This Game


Become a leader of a little group of settlers to create a thriving colony which will envy even the developed nation!
Who says it would be easy?!
An untamed land where you will have to make everything on your own –to provide your people with food and shelter then to give them job and protection. Day by day you will have to remake your production plans, switch your workers to find out the best solution for each industry. But keep in mind, that every citizen has his own temper that one day can be shown off. And that’s not the only difficulty that may will face. Pirates and wild tribes are all around this Promised Land to disturb your presence and development here.

To create a developed colony one will not only need to become keen in production, but also in science. Experience points that you earn in the Academy, will be needed to get the access to advanced technologies or your town would be just another village on this land. Think well over what and where you spend your points on, because your choice will depend on the fate of the entire colony!

The Promised Land, a brave new world , the hole nation – all this lies in your hands! Become a true leader, a chosen one, a father of nation! Guide your colony to the victory of the modern superpower!
We collected all the best that is in games of this genre, arched by exciting mini-games and carefully turned it into the deep and breathtaking adventure!


• Complete freedom of play
• More than 10 hours of gameplay
• Up to 50 player-controlled characters
• Huge, untamed world to explore
• Step-by-step tutorial

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz processor
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Mac Only; CPU CORES 2; 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Any
    • Storage: 500 MB available space
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
A short city buiding game. This is just a time waster game where you assign your villagers to do things and build stuff to get enough supplies to upgrade houses. It happens on all on one map. I don't recommend it due to the one map thing...and it gets repetitive...it is fun, the first time you play it, but after that, it gets boring. I did have fun with it though...
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83 of 89 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
Very well made game, highly addicting. I couldn't stop playing until i was done with it :)

Cons:
- couldn't really play in window mode, because it would crash for me (only one crash in Fullscreen)
- well, not really 24+ hours of gameplay. It took me 10 hours to play through and unlock all (ingame) achievements. the only thing i didn't do was complete all Pirate-levels with 5 Stars (because i'm not a big fan of Angry Bird-mechanics)

Pros:
- although the game crashed a couple of times, no progress was lost
- 10 hours of simple fun (totally worth the money, even at full price)
- 12 levels of an Angry Bird style Pirate game
- addicting unlock system, where you want to procede into higher tiers and unlock more buildings
- it starts of very simple and gets alot more complex as you have to handle alot more wares and workers, but it never felt overwhelming
- time challenges (optional) where you have to do certain tasks or get a fixed amount of wares (reward is a small bonus and it counts towards an achievement, but you can take all the time you want to finish)


What do you have to do in this game?
It's all about handling your settlers. There are five different Professions which they will specialise in, depending on what you let them do more often. They will ofcourse work faster when they do a job which they are specialised in (but don't worry you can relearn them later on in the game).
On top of that they have 3 Statusbars which will decrease over time and might slow down their workflow alot. There is
- Hunger (will decrease over time while they work)
- Companionship (will decrease depending if they like their job, are ok with it, or dislike it; to raise it they will interrupt their work and talk to another settler for a while)
- Health (some jobs are marked as risky and they will cost life over time; they won't die but need to heal up from time to time at the hospital - which needs herbs, so just like with food you have to watch out that you have enough of it)

The buildings are in fixed locations so you have to manage how many workers you declare per building or you need to drag and drop your settlers to fasten up their production rate.
You also have to trade your wares for Gold so you can afford more Settlers and upgrades for your buildings.

So if you like to build-up, manage economy / workflow and trade - this game is absolutely for you.
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43 of 44 people (98%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2015
I bought this game with low expectations, but it was cheap, so I took a gamble. I was most put off by the poor English in store page and such, considering it seems to be a quasi-fantasy game roughly about the English settlement of North America.

I was pleasantly surprised. I started playing it, and I did not stop for 7 hours. Even now, I only stopped playing because I started falling asleep in my chair.

It's a slow-paced, easy-going town-builder in which you grow your "colony" from a single building and a few colonists into a bustling village, complete with trade, jobs, building upgrades, and scientific research. I really appreciated that it never makes you feel anxious about staying on top of things, like the Anno series can sometimes do. You totally set the pace in this game, so if you're looking for a relaxing play, this could be for you.

I was surprised by the quality of the game. While a few things are a bit off--like the way the colonists perform the exact same animation at the exact same time when they talk to one another--the game shows a lot of polish, overall. I never felt like my enjoyment of the game was being damaged in any way by a lack of effort or expertise on the part of the game's designers and/or developers.

It's a bit like a slimmed down and streamlined Sims meets Farmville meets Anno, without any stressful situations, pushy monetization, or excessive micromanagement. Overall, I would recommend this game to fans of its genre, though I would not really know what to call it.
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46 of 50 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2014
TBH - I've picked up that game on Summer sale, quite cheap, thinking - dropped cards (yes, I'm a collector, guilty as charged ;) ) will pay for that anyway even if that is crap. But what do you know - while getting those drops I've actually started playing - and got so hooked it's not even funny!
That game stands next to Artist Colony, My Tribe, Gemini Lost, Wandering Willows (well, sort of), and Virtual Villagers (sans starving and otherwise meeting their demise villagers). If you ever played any of that - you will feel right at home from the very start. And yes - I've played all of those (and more).
Pluses: really nice appealing art, easy to learn, easy to master, there's no sensitive controls or time limits that you have to meet to progress further in game...
Minuses: if you are looking for high-octane action - that game is not for you. If you don't like resource management - that game is not for you. If you don't have patience for micromanaging and otherwise keeping track and ordering around 50 "loyal subjects" - you probably will not like it much (but I might be wrong).
Now if only they add Steam achievements to that... ;P

P.S. It took me 15 hrs to beat from start to finish - no skipping puzzles, no guides or tutorials, but not getting high scores in mini-game either. As for replay value - idk, not much challenge here for me... but still might get back to it some day.
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35 of 36 people (97%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
The Promised Land is a ridiculously cute little time-management/city-builder that sucks you in and doesn't let go until you beat the game (which looks like it can be done in around 10-12 hrs). It's a really simple casual game but there's a lot going on and it's really enjoyable if you're looking for a relaxing experience that doesn't require a huge amount of concentration.

The basic setup is similar to a lot of other games, gather resources, build things, make stuff, sell things, get gold, upgrade buildings, get more workers, etc. There is quite a nice variety of resources and manufactured goods, and a couple dozen buildings at least, each with its own series of upgrades. There is also a research laboratory that allows you to study half a dozen separate advancements, and those unlock buildings and upgrades in your industries and elsewhere in your colony.

The workers will specialize and become more efficient after doing a certain task for a while. I especially like that the workers themselves have preferences, and if you put them in a job they enjoy, they are more productive than if you assign them a task they dislike. I also really enjoy the way that you pick up your workers to move them to tasks, and that they totally react to you doing that.

The housing has an interesting puzzle aspect to it. You can upgrade your houses to increase the number of workers you can have, but it requires manipulating rooms in a sort of jigsaw puzzle in order to maximize the number of colonists each building can hold.

Finally, there is a mini-game simulating naval combat that basically is Angry Birds with cannons and pirates.
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37 of 41 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 27, 2014
7.5/10

+ cude presentation, good animations, good music
+ it's a city building/management game and although it is advertised as casual, it presents deeper gameplay mechanics than what you would expect, the balance is good, lots of resources to find and collect, upgrades to do to your buildings and ship, lab tech with new technologies etc. everything is done better in other games of the genre, but they are done just fine here as well
+ an interesting mini-game ala angry birds, where you have to fight pirates that may attack your ship or settlement
+ some emphasis on your villagers needs ala sims games is welcome and refreshing

- low resolution, at least doesnt support 1080p
- campaign is continuous and linear, one goal after another in a specific map, so no replayability
- no zoom in and out, one zoom level, it would help if there were a zoom out option to manage things easier

in conclusion , a casual management game that is done right in almost every aspect and is fun to play
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31 of 33 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 12, 2014
I played this game for 10 hours and unlocked all in-game achievements. Great little casual game if you're looking for something easy to learn and conquer, but there is no replay value. The most important thing I learned that I wish I had known in the beginning - each job has a special color, reflected in the circle with the amount of people working that job.

Blue = Worker
Green = Farmer (includes fishing and shearing)
Orange = Builder
Purple = Researcher (includes collecting treasure)
Gray = Artisan

All in all, a great little casual time waster.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
13.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 7, 2014
I'm an old-school gamer and I don't like too simple games. This is time management game and I shouldn't like it. But I do.
Why? It's not so simple game. Yes, you can't die. There is no way to see "Game Over". But still you have to control economy of your growing town. Choose from buying another worker or upgrade one of your buildings. What will improve your economy better? You need to think about it all the time. It's quite addicting.
And it ends before you will get bored.

VERDICT:
Worth playing if you not in the mood to play something really complicated.

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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 26, 2014
The store page boasted of 24 hour gameplay. I less than half. Seriously. I finished the game in just at 7 hours. No replay ability either. You start, you finish. No "different Choices" to try the next time.
So your'e probably thinking, "Totally not worth it!".
I can't agree 100%. As disappointed as I am that it was such a short game, in all fairness, it might take a casual gamer 24 hours.
I hardly took any breaks, and this is not my first rodeo.
But another reason I am not too upset is...I played for 7 hours straight with hardly a break...I really enjoyed myself!
I was surprised to find how much of a blast I was having!
I would recomend this to a casual gamer, or some one with short term memory loss. You can enjoy it as much as I did, but again and again!
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
Recommended
252.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 8, 2015
Best 'stand by' game ever. Great for late nights when you don't need to think, busy days when you only have a few minutes now and then or challenge yourself to a marathon weekend. I have played it many times.
The game it simple yet involved and very involving. You can run an entire community and even fight pirates.
Guidelines are simple and easy to follow. I have not noticed any glitches. Best thing is you can set your own pace.
I really want a second game in an expanded universe. The game demands it.
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happy home maker
19.9 hrs
Posted: September 28
The Promised Land is a simple city builder. It was a nice change of pace in that I was not rushed to try to get items completed, for the most part. I found it to be a relaxing, easy paced game that still had some challenge to it. It did not make my head hurt trying to beat the game, it was just an enjoyable, relaxing time filler with decent graphics.

I liked that I could keep defeating the pirates until I got 5 stars (Angry Birds scenario). I have to say that I did not consider the pirates set up a natural segway with the flow of the type of game I was playing, but it was not bad, just a different flow.

the only really negative point for me is that once you miss a timed event, you don't get a second chance to make it. So, I received all gold awards except for completing timed events, it was silver with 13/15 done. I had not known there were limited timed events or I would have spent more time on them. I had assumed I would get more as the game moved on, but once you finish the challenges, there is nothing more to do, or build, or design, or create. You can amass money, research points and all the products, but that is just sitting around watching it do its thing. Just having the continued challenges would make the game a bit more replayable, or at least longer game play.

As for the negative reviews, the only one I could agree with is that you can't zoom out (I kept trying, though!) but I got used to it. I did get the flashy issue one time that one person compained about. All i did was close out and restart the game and it disappeared. Another negative review said it was fun the first time. I agree, it was fun the first time, but it is not the kind of game you would really play a second time as there are not different strategies you can employ.


I completed the game in the 20 hours listed. I doubt I will play it again, but I bought it on sale and enjoyed the 20 hours I spent on it. And, on sale, I would recommend it. Put it on your wishlist and wait for the sale.
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Suicidal Seagull
6.4 hrs
Posted: September 20
Love this game. Something I play when I just wanna chill out and not glare at the screen in concentration.
Great stuff.

9/10
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faylew1012
10.0 hrs
Posted: September 15
HORRIBLE! I played for 2 hours and 15 minutes and then disaster struck. The screen went wonky, flashing, looking like other things were coming through from my desktop but it wasn't. I tried for almost an hour to fix the game and even redownloaded it, restarted my computer, closed out the game, etc. Now I am stuck with a game that flashed and dances so much I feel carsick even trying to play it and no possibility of getting my money back for a game I can't even play. ♥♥♥♥♥♥ doesn't even begin to cover it. First dang game I was able to get in a long time.
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kallunnah
0.1 hrs
Posted: September 8
I really enjoy city builders in general, and this was part of a package sell. Probably the most disappointing of the bunch. Uninspiring gameplay and terrible graphics. Just a really mediocre iteration of the genre.
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Phil
14.7 hrs
Posted: September 3
A sweet little game that has provided me a lot of enjoyment.
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Pinkadilly
11.0 hrs
Posted: August 20
I like little city building management sims, and figured on sale this was as good as any. While I don't exactly regret it, this wasn't a very well thought out sim. You couldn't let it idle, because it would pause every time you left the game. You couldn't zoom out, which made it much more annoying to see what people were doing. It was also difficult to manage lager numbers of little villagers because they were always scurrying around, and while the game encourages micromanaging that becomes just about impossible late game. (The villager tab does help this a lot, but it's still too hard to keep track of people.) Additionally, it isn't rigorous about unlocking quests -- at one point it unlocked a timed mission for me to harvest a crop I hadn't yet unlocked, which seemed like an oversight (especially when it unlocks with a character asking for the crop because they're so impressed by the ones they've seen).
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Poitter
22.1 hrs
Posted: August 12
potentially a good game, but it spreads a 2 hour campaign out to 10+hours by making you sit around and wait for your *characters* to gather resources. and due to the auto-pause function you cannot simply let it run in the background. so a definite do not buy from me.
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The Binky Tickler
13.5 hrs
Posted: August 11
I quite enjoyed this game. Very addictive and you can feel the sense of progression. It's similar to virtual villagers except you're more upclose and personal with the villagers here. You can watch your island improve and your population grow fast. I did not like the angry birds style pirate puzzle, but thank goodness there wasn't much of it. There is replayablility in this if you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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*****
18.9 hrs
Posted: August 9
I purchased this game the other day when it was on sale for £1.24, excellent value.

It's a great little game, with about 10-15 hours of gameplay but with very little replay value.

I loved the interface & "cute" graphics, it's very well thought out & well done & just about involved enough as you have to think how to best balance your resources.

The mini games are like angry birds, you have to fire cannonballs to knock pirates off their ships. I was not keen on this and you do have to do them to progress. I couldn't see how they fitted into the game ... after all it's supposed to be a "city build / mangement / trading" type game.

It's a great shame the developers didn't include many more storylines to play through, as they had the basis of a winner here if only they had gone the extra mile.

With the above in mind, I don't think I would have been quite so happy if I had paid a fiver .. but I suppose over 10 hours that's only 50p per hour.
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