The Golden Years - Way Out West
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The Golden Years - Way Out West 

Make your home out on the range with The Golden Years - Way Out West Deluxe, an epic endeavor from the creators of Hotel Mogul. Life is simple for a wife and her husband back in the Old West, until their first child arrives, then things suddenly change. A no-good baron imprisons the husband. Now, the poor wife and her son must work to make ends meet and turn the tables to free her husband.

  • tame the Wild West with your settlement in this unique time management endeavor
  • help an iron-willed woman overcome a sleazy baron to free her husband in 48 fun levels
  • collect resources and build more than 25 useful structures
  • hire workers to manage real estate holdings in four different settings
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Reviews of The Golden Years - Way Out West
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
I finished this game in about 2 afternoons. There were a few spots that were difficult but overall it was pretty mellow & fun to play.
 | Added on: August 16, 2012
 
This game is unique in that each level contains 3 - 6 timed segments instead of just 1 goal time. You get a 'gold star' for the level by achieving, for example, 2 out of 3 segments in time. I really liked this because it let you relax about playing quickly if you want to and still know that you were going to complete the level with gold. I also actually read the storyline.
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
enjoy this game. it is kinda a combo of several TMGs that i love-My Kingdom 4 the Princess/Island Tribes/Royal Envoy. the story is great. u so want to help the heroine and her son make enuf money to get her husband out of jail-he went to jail and agreed to repay a loan shark much more than he owed to keep his love and son out of prison. how sweet. the graphics are perfect for this game. i like the music. u have to build buildings-u can only build certain buildings on certain lots, and have to have certain buildings to build/upgrade others-that sounds confusing, but not when u'r playing the game. u mine gold/build a train depot so u can sell or buy goods/gather wood/repair roads & buildings. after u play several levels u get to upgrade the train, if u get expert on the level. all in all a great TMG to add to my game library...
 | Added on: January 18, 2012
 
There were some easy levels and some challenging ones. It was a fun storyline, but some of the narratives got long winded. I think I'll play it again, so it does have replay value.
 | Added on: February 13, 2012
 
I loved this game! It's different from a Diner Dash or Match 3 and was so much fun. Wild west theme with bad guys, building houses and sheriff's place, kind of like build-a-lot but more challenging to figure out how to beat the time and get a gold star. Tip for new players, a building space has to be lit up with blue to build.
 | Added on: January 18, 2012
 
A minor variation on the time management theme that's used in My Kingdom for the Princess, this is a nicely designed game with a cute storyline that is decently well written. The addition of time sections allows you to make mistakes and still get expert on a level, as you only need to get expert time on a certain number of sections (like 3 out of 5). Although the game doesn't offer and un-timed version, the ability to continue to play as long as you want without the clock advancing further once the "expert time" has been exhausted in a section is a plus here. Savvy players can use this in the first wave to build up a town and gain enough money and resources to fly through the remaining sections to garner a gold Expert star at the end of the level. For this reason, and because the mechanics of play are very straightforward and well-done, I'd really recommend this as a good starting point for younger players or people who haven't played this type of game before. The only downside to the game is the shortness of some of the levels. There are a few that take less than a minute to accomplish, so with 50 levels, speedy players could breeze through this entire game in less than 2 hours. The addition of a sandbox mode would have really added to the re-playability of the game, unfortunately, there isn't one. Still, for those who are new to the genre, don't like time constraints, or who've thought other games of this kind were too frustratingly difficult, this one is definitely worth a try.
 | Added on: January 19, 2012
 
Loved the journey out west, nice balance in difficulty, kids would like it as well as us older kids!! I am replaying levels to achieve expert in them all. There are other time management games I love too, but this fits right in with the rest like Delicious, My Kingdom for Princess etc. Would recommend this game if you like time management games.
 | Added on: January 23, 2012
 
I really enjoyed the story line in this TM game...How the West was Won from a female entrepreneur's experiences in busines. Golden Years is clearly a FUN game for kids. Graphics are average, music is nice & it fits the western theme and length of play could be a longer. The game is fairly easy to get "expert" on levels of play which is nice so players can transform their train early to gain even more wealth. One factor that I did NOT enjoy is the downloading time after each level. If you prefer a more easy & relaxing game playing experience than perhaps you will head West with Gertrude in search of your own fortune.
 | Added on: January 23, 2012
 
I really enjoyed the game, the story and the challenges.
 | Added on: February 3, 2012
 
I REALLY ENJOYED PLAYING THIS GAME. i HOPE THEY COME OUT WITH ANOTHER ONE LIKE THIS.
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
THE GRAPHICS ARE TOO TINY TO APPRECIATE, CONCEPT NOT ORIGINAL, TAKES TOO LONG TO REACH GOALS. I GUESS A KID MIGHT LIKE IT. (IF THERE WEREN'T ALREADY TEN MORE OUT THERE LIKE THIS!
 | Added on: January 20, 2012
 
Throughout the game, some levels really make you think, while others can be completed in a minute without much thought at all. Graphics were ok and didn't quite see the point in revamping the train...
 | Added on: March 10, 2012
 
I've played other time management games and loved them, the western theme looked like fun. But unlike a lot of people who are playing this game I found it frustrating and not intuitive in the building patterns. There were many times I just plain got stuck and couldn't figure out how to go any further or why things weren't working. I did go through the tutorial more then once, but that didn't really much. My son (mid 20's) found it boring and it didn't move fast enough for his taste. I would encourage you to play the time trial before you buy it - you'll either love the game or hate it. I'm still glad I tried it.
 | Added on: October 20, 2012
 
This is the first time I actually read the story but it seemed to help you play the game. I really enjoyed this game, it was interesting but tricked you now and then. The game starts out with complex levels but chops them a bit at the end. I would love to see another version with more action at the end. I would also like to see less need of water towers, each should cover more area. It was fun building all the different buildings. Some times the conversations disappeared off the page and I was unsure of what to do, a couple of times I have to restart the level. I do recommend this game and hope we see another.
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
wow i loved this game,time management are my top favourites.maybe a bit too much talk.but the game itself was super. lets have much more of the same calibre. this game is suitable for all ages from kids to grannies like me. ido have a problem with some games,like h.o. because my eyes arent as good as before,but i do enjoy all the time spent on my computer playing games. all the alawar games seem to be very high quality.the graphics were superb and the game lasted a long time,i must admit i couldnt stop playing this.reached expert on all levels and enjoyed seeing the train transformed,cant wait for the sequel!!!!! grey haired grannie.
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
I loved this game. It is really a new way of Time-Management-Games because some of the levels need just a minute and some need about 15 minutes, all belonging to the quests you'll have to fullfill.The only problem is, that it is over with just about 4 hours to play, because anyone who is used to Time-Management-Games will have Expert-Level the first time trying.
 | Added on: January 27, 2012
 
I enjoyed this enough to play through twice. The story was acceptably written with the voices well done. I only noted a couple of mistakes. One was when she spoke but the voice was deep and gravelly! Too funny! And once or twice the story wording was not correct, but I could figure out what it should have said. Both points did not detract from the game nor storyline. I enjoyed the graphics, which reminded me of a couple of other TM games. The basic concept was easy to follow. Just complete the goals as outlined, within the time allowed. I did not find it too difficult to get the expert rating. The 2nd time through, I did my best to get all stars for all levels. This goal was not as easy as I thought it would be, so it did continue to challenge my strategy, planning, and thought processes. I could not get all stars on a couple of levels. I enjoyed the music and did not find it necessary to turn it off, just down a little. The purpose of the train was just a little break from game play and the story began with the train being offered as a means of transportation, from the professor, I believe. As the story progressed, it was conceivable that the train could be improved upon. I just wanted to put that in, as someone else couldn't see the need for the train interaction. All in all, I found this to be quite a nice little game. I will take a break but imagine I would like to play again. I do not know if I will purchase it, but I will consider it. There is not a set way to do most of the levels. I do think on some, though, you almost have to do it exactly so, or you just miss the star rating. On those I couldn't get....I am sure there has to be an only way to do it!!! So I would like to forget the strategies and try it again. I recommend to a beginning time management player. The levels are all doable, and the game will let you pass on to the next level. I imagine to do the train, however, one may have to manage expert once in a while. This is just a nice little story, with a woman being a nice change. It is definitely kid friendly. Enjoy!
 | Added on: March 12, 2012
 
I liked this game for a bit of relaxation. It wasn't too thinky and most of the levels were quite easy - I only had to re-do 4 or 5 to get stars on them all. I also liked that there were enough levels that it took several days to complete rather than just a few hours. Good value if you are after some light fun.
 | Added on: January 17, 2012
 
Quite enjoyed playing this game. It is a challenge.
 | Added on: November 14, 2012
 
I loved the graphics, the number of buildings available, the story line was somewhat interesting. It was also pretty easy for the most part. I'm no expert on most TM games. Yeah, I'd get gold on levels, but not so many on the first runthrough. I'd say I got expert on 90% of the levels I played. I had maybe 6 levels left that I didn't get expert on. That for me was surprising. So the game itself isn't very challenging on most levels. When you get expert, you don't get trophies; you get to fix a train, which is okay. But then what? The train just sat there when it was finished. It didn't take a ride, maybe revisiting some of the completed levels. You don't get any bonus levels for getting expert on all the levels. You're done and that's it. An underwhelming end. And this is one game you have to read all the dialogue; having the goals on the screen doesn't always help with the tasks. There are little side bits that you have to accomplish on most of the levels, and if you click the dialogue too fast, you might not remember all of them. So, for the next version: a real bonus for getting expert on all the levels and an option to redo the dialogue if you click too fast. Maybe a sandbox version where you can build a master city based on each series of levels.
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