2024’s best city-builder gets massive discount on Steam following update

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Slavic Magic / Hooded Horse

Slavic Magic and Hooded Horse landed one of the most spectacular gaming hits of 2024 with the Early Access launch of their real-time strategy and city-builder hybrid, Manor Lords. Simulating a medieval town’s growth and economy in loving detail, showing an authentic look at everyday life in a society of the time, and providing a dose of strategic combat action, the game is a package like no other.

For those wanting to pick Manor Lords up but missing the initial launch discount, Hooded Horse is offering the perfect chance to remedy this mistake: Manor Lords is on sale once again with a 25% discount on Steam that will last until June 22, 2024, so you've got plenty of time to grab it.

While Manor Lords is still far off completion with key features and content still missing from the current build, it’s already worth sinking hours into. Plus, picking it up early will allow you to make your voice be heard regarding the game’s development: Slavic Magic, the developer behind the game, is regularly holding votes on the official Discord server to get the community’s takes on aspects like balance, which new features to prioritize, or more general design decisions.

Manor Lords’ first big patch since Early Access started, update 0.7.972, recently came out and had several changes inspired by the community in store. Among these are changes to how we can trade resources between our settlements, balance adjustments to farming, and several quality-of-life improvements.

In Manor Lords, players build up a medieval town from scratch, growing its population and wealth to expand their territory and claim adjacent lands for their domain, where additional towns can be founded. Rival claimants and bandit incursions pose a threat, so players must never neglect the defense of their holdings and plan ahead by equipping a militia or hiring mercenaries.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg