Really weird to see Cromwell somewhat celebrated, as an Irish person lmao, very different perspective.
A downloadable game for Windows
The King is dead. Long live the Commonwealth!
Step into the shoes of Oliver Cromwell, the King In All But Name, as you rule the newly established Protectorate. Make tough decisions and try to keep the realm stable during this turbulent time.
- Experience one of the most tumultuous periods of British history through the eyes of the divisive Oliver Cromwell.
- Discover characters and factions of the time. Use the game’s Info Button to access additional information to help you make more informed decisions!
- Make the same choices Cromwell did… or don’t. Find out if your choices align with real history using the Divergence Indicator.
- Not happy with the content in the game? You're in luck! Use the editors to create new characters and events or to modify existing ones.
How To Play
The goal of Cromwell: King In All But Name is to keep the powers of the church, people, army and parliament (when they're in session) in balance in order to prolong your rule of the Protectorate for as long as possible. Will you last as long as Cromwell did or will you fail somewhere along the way?
- Mouse - You can press any buttons with the mouse!
- A / Left - Left choice.
- D / Right - Right choice.
- I - Information button.
- Esc / P - Pause menu.
While Cromwell is (or tries to be) educational, it will not give you the full picture about the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the Protectorate, or the events that led up to it. Here are some resources that can help you further educate yourself on the topic:
- Court of Oliver Cromwell, The
- God's Executioner: Oliver Cromwell and the Conquest of Ireland
- Letters and Speeches of Oliver Cromwell, The
- Oliver Cromwell: King In All But Name, 1653 – 1658
- Parliaments and Politics during the Cromwellian Protectorate
- Poetry and the Cromwellian Protectorate
- Providence Lost: The Rise & Fall of Cromwell’s Protectorate
- Cromwellian conquest of Ireland
- High Court of Justice for the trial of Charles I
- Oliver Cromwell
- Plots, conspiracies and insurrections during the Interregnum
Where Credit Is Due
- Gameplay and visuals by me!
- Inspired by Reigns.
- 11 Sonatas and 19 Dances in 3, 4 and 5 Parts by Michel Rondeau (CC BY 3.0).
- Almain by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- Almain, VdGS 11 by Dillon Upton (CC BY 4.0).
- Almain, VdGS 12 by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- Courtly Masquing Ayres by Michel Rondeau (CC BY 3.0).
- Galliard, APG2.10b by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- Galliard, APG2.14b by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- Greensleeves by CambridgeBayWeather (CC BY 3.0).
- Languish and Despair My Heart by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- O Let Me Groan by Anton Höger (CC BY 4.0).
- Scarborough Fair by Rockendary (CC BY 2.0).
If you have any suggestions or if you've experienced any bugs or glitches during gameplay, please submit a bug report in the discussions below or at: https://www.thedigitaltechnologist.com/support.
Download and extract the zipped folder. Once done, click on "Cromwell.exe" to launch the game.
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Hi, thank you for playing!
Sorry for the confusion; the Puritan ending can occur when either the Church or Parliament are imbalanced in the current version. Some choices imbalance the powers more than others.
I will try to diversify the endings a bit more in future releases.
The Parliamentarian conquest was brutal, and Cromwell is still a hated figure in Ireland. The extent to which Cromwell, who was in direct command for the first year of the campaign, was responsible for the atrocities is debated to this day. Some historians argue that the actions of Cromwell were within the then-accepted rules of war, or were exaggerated or distorted by later propagandists; these claims have been challenged by others.
The impact of the war on the Irish population was unquestionably severe, although there is no consensus as to the magnitude of the loss of life. The war resulted in famine, which was worsened by an outbreak of bubonic plague. Estimates of the drop in the Irish population resulting from the Parliamentarian campaign range from 15 to 83 percent. The Parliamentarians also transported about 50,000 people as indentured labourers. Some estimates cover population losses over the course of the Conquest Period (1649–52) only, while others cover the period of the Conquest to 1653 and the period of the Cromwellian Settlement from August 1652 to 1659 together.