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The Settlers IV is the fourth game of The Settlers franchise. It was developed by Blue Byte Software and was released in 2001.

The objective of the game is to build up a colony with a thriving construction and mining industry, food, tool and weapon production. The player's skillful use of resources, combined with the irrepressible get-up-and-go of the diverse Settler characters, form the foundation for a robust colony. Ensure the settlement becomes more attractive and it could be a paradise, if it weren't for the neighboring races and ...Morbus (the main antagonist in the game), with his evil machinations!

The player can decide whether he wishes to lead the Romans, the Vikings or the Mayas. The races differ not only in their appearance and their architecture but also in a variety of details. They raise different farm animals, produce different alcoholic beverages, make and use different weapons and their priests cast unique spells.

All Settlers are actually peace-loving folks, but then there is always that annoying neighbor that occupies the land with those large deposits of gold or sends long-fingered brethren over to swipe your freshly harvested crops. This can cause the industrious Settlers to engage in magnificent battles on land and at sea, battles where the outcome will depend less on the number of troops but more on skillful tactics and well-organized strategy.

The dark tribe plays a special role in carrying out the evil plans of Morbus to rid the earth of its greenery, leaving a desolate wasteland in its place. His Dark Gardener plants lots of shadowweed, (a fast-spreading groundcover) which draws all the nutrients from the soil, then withers away. To keep the Dark Tribe in check, the player has to use his own gardener to make the soil fertile again. Only then can he capture the dark temple...

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