EMS01 | Added on: August 13, 2013
This is a TM game in the style of Royal Envoy and Sweet Kingdom, not like most of the resource TM games. On most levels you have to create something like 30 ice creams or dolls and the like, which means building the various buildings that will get you to the end result. For example, to make the dolls, you need a wheat farm and the sheep farm. So, sometimes you have to destroy the existing buildings and build new ones. One negative about the game is that there isn't a help screen that tells you what buildings are needed to make the various items. Sometimes, you need to feed an ogre or give a troll various items in addition to the main goals of the level. Sometimes, there is a lot of clicking involved as you have to click each building to have the tax person go to the building to make the milk or wool or whatever. To collect the resource itself, you just move the cursor over it, which is fine. You can't chain tasks, so that takes time as well. But the time allotted is pretty generous and you don't run out of it no matter how long it takes you to meet the goals. One good thing is that regardless of the number of stars you earn for the level, you still get to build the viking village that was destroyed. (Unlike say My Kingdom for a Princess games which won't let you build the castle unless you get gold on a level.) The map is unusual; it's 4 levels built around a ginermous tree, and instead of a ship carrying the little Vikings to each level, they use a shipshape balloon. The map also moves from one map level to another without finishing all of the map levels at one time. I love the graphics, especially the colorful and lush map screen. One negative with the graphics is that sometimes it's a bit hard to see what needs to be given to the orgres or whatever; it would be nice if it would tell you as some of the graphic symbols are really tiny and hard to see. Oh, there's a dragon that sometimes causes trouble and burns a building once in awhile; also some earthquakes destroy some buildings, so they have to be repaired. One glitch at least for me is that thus far when 2 different levels loaded, they were completely covered by fog so you couldn't see anything. I had to exit the game and go back in again to get them to work. A minor annoyance. Like I said, the only real negative is the lack of a help screen.