Mojang, the Microsoft-owned developer of Minecraft, have released a surprise PC game, via Steam, called Crown and Council. Even better, the strategy game is available to download for free.

In a blog post, Mojang says the game was actually created by just one its team members, Henrik Pettersson:

Click adjacent land tiles to subdue them with your army, earning gold to fund further expeditions, defensive forts, naval attacks, universities and more. Muscle your opposition off the map! There can be only one ruler in these lands!

It's simple to play, but not quite so easy to win: do you spend all your cash on universities, hoping to survive long enough that your book-learnin' makes you unstoppable in the late game? Or do yo go for a quick land-grab, hoping to put enough boots on the ground to give you an irreversible early advantage?

Download Crown and Council for free on Steam