The Golden Years: Way Out West
Fun Strategy/Building Game, But With a Caveat!
This is a fun and challenging strategy game, but it has some serious problems. It's nothing at all like the Westward series, and is more like Royal Envoy in terms of game play. You have to figure out how to meet the goals in each level, which of course starts out easy, and gets more challenging as levels progress. It's even more challenging if you want to beat the time to get the expert level.
While I do like the graphics, sound, game play and challenge, what I do NOT like is that there's absolutely no help information anywhere on the types of buildings and what's required for them to be built and functioning. The only way to figure out how the buildings work is trial and error and deduce it on your own with zero help from the game. When you can't place a particular building somewhere, or if you place one and its not working, its almost impossible to figure out. I find this very frustrating. This should be included in help/instructions available from the main menu, or a pop-up window when you hover over a building with your mouse on what's required for the building to function. It's not intuitive, and it doesn't make sense.
I already purchased this game, but had I known the frustration I would endure trying to figure out what should be explained by the game itself, I would not have purchased it. For that reason I can't recommend this game.
January 19, 2012
Definitely a buy for me. Its fun and a little challenging. Graphics are pretty good. Finally a Time menagement game on BigFish. Thanks!
January 11, 2012
I really liked this game, however, I was disappointed in the amount of play time that you really get out of it. It seemed like it got easier rather than harder, which any fan of time management games knows that isn't any fun! The graphics also could have been much better. All in all, I had a fun time playing it and wished there were more levels or at least more challenging levels. I'd buy another if they come out with a sequel.
January 18, 2012
the golden years / way oit west
can't praise this game enough its challenging very interesting and marvelous fun to play I love it
January 11, 2012
Really liked the play of the game. I liked that there were different levels of difficulty throughout the game, some levels were easy, while some were more difficult. I also like the stars to get your expert score and that if you did not get all the stars, you still might get the expert score. Nice story line too. Very entertaining game. I finished it in a day, cause I could not stop playing it :)
January 14, 2012
Like it a lot
First buy of 2012...good game, nice graphics and challenging.
January 12, 2012
One of the best I've played in a long time....
This was an extremely challenging (at times) and fun TM/strategy game. Some levels were deceptively simple and then there were levels that I had to tear down and rebuild because they just weren't right. The great thing about this game is there is no frenzy of clicking. It's more quest-like which is right up my alley. And 50 levels will keep you occupied for a few days.
April 30, 2012
Fun New Twist on TM Games
I've played TM games for years and this one is certainly worth buying. Similar to Build-a-lot games, but with much more of an adventure aspect. The twist is that not every level is building but instead you find hidden treasures, pay off "bad guys", capture wolves & bears, and save the main characters son. There are many levels and took about 15 hours to finish. There is replay value and the levels aren't overly challenging. The graphics are simple but bright which I like. The only thing I would have a complaint about is that the Banner/Icon graphic isn't appealing and doesn't seem to depict the game accurately. Overall I enjoyed this game very much and would recommend it to anyone that enjoys TM & town building games.
February 1, 2012
I LOVE THIS GAME, I have so many medical problems that it is hard for me to beat any time management games until now. This game is so easy and fun for me. I cannot tell you how many times I have played this game. I love the music and graphics. I think this is the best game I purchased so far. I hope you get more games like this one.
January 29, 2012
This game is awesome!
I completely loved playing this game. For those of us that enjoy playing adventure games, this game was a real pleasure to play. It was not that easy and the challenge added to the fun.
Once you got the hang of the game play, I found that I was lost in it. I have completed the game with only a few levels that did not meet the "expert" tag.
I hope we get more games like this one from the developer. Thanks for the fun Big Fish!
January 17, 2012