Big Download writes: "The Settlers 7: Paths to a Kingdom presents itself as a real-time strategy game, and in a sense it is... just not the kind that involves tactical battles. Even the tone, established by the cartoonish graphics and bedtime story sounding narrator, sets the game apart from most other RTS games. Although thecampaign's story has some slightly dark themes, they're generally mild as the game keeps an overall friendly attitude. Instead of controlling vast armies, the emphasis is placed almost entirely on resource management. The Settlers 7 has more in common with empire management games like Tropico 3 than it does with any of the Total War games."