disappointing Match 3
I love match 3 games, and get excited every time I see a new one added. This one however, was not fun. The dialogue between the characters repeated and popped up far too much. It took away from the actual game play which was also not the most fun. Altogether, I think I own almost every match 3, but I do not advise investing in this one.
April 11, 2012
This would probably be a more pleasant and rewarding game if it didn't literally give you a stiff neck. The board and pieces are set at an angle so that visualizing matching in straight lines has you keeping your head at an obtuse angle.
Aside from that, the mechanic does not exactly allow for continuous moves. And what happens seems to move too slowly. It's all rather strange to describe. You might want to demo it. The game can be played with or without a timer. It is not wide screen.
What's it all about: You are a young girl granted land from your father to build a Citadel. The year is 3022 -- but there is nothing futuristic about the construction. There does seem to be a fair amount of magic and spells going on. The game centers around playing matching boards to earn whatever you need to purchase resources and build up your land. Unlike Heroes of Kalevala, it seems you are not populating the citizenry. Oh well, build it and they will come, I suppose.
With a number of Match 3's coming out lately, I don't need to add this one to my collection. The enjoyment was a mystery to me.
April 6, 2012
so so nice !!!
First I was surprised, since this is not your typical match 3 board game. But the perspective gives it an interesting twist. Once you master the combos system, the pace is getting faster, and the game is fun. You earn resources you then spend to build your citadel. This is nice, and gives you incentives and objectives during Match 3 sessions. All in all, a nice little game that brings a bit of fresh air. Runs fine on my iMac.
April 6, 2012
Dont waste your points/money
I played @ half hour of this game. I love Match 3 games and are one of my favorites. This one does not do it for me. Instructions are poor. If you have to repeat a level the dialogue repeats itself which I found very annoying. I got the point the first time. I also do not like how the boards are sideways. I like it straight in front of me. Graphics between the characters was cheesy. Also I like a voice associated with that character which this game does not provide. Just reading the dialogue is boring. I was looking forward to a fun Match 3 game and this one did not produce!
April 3, 2012
Create Your Castle, Save the Day!
What at first may look like a slightly lopsided match 3 is that indeed, but much more. There's plenty of challenge, power-ups galore and castle buillding too! The story isn't Shakiespear quality but interesting enough to keep you going and the game play (once you figure out the somewhat mysterious directions# is challenging in that goals must be met and tasks finished to move the story #and your levels) along. The slanted board is made easier by the brightly colored and detailed objects to match and the game play even makes up for the cartoony and unlovely people in the kingdom. If you like match 3 play, give it a try and you might emerge with a georgous citadel!
May 8, 2012
Great match 3 game its similar to the Magic Match games. The scenery is good the music is very good. The only flaw I have is the dialogue when they teach you something like to stack a building on top of another you cannot close the dialogue until you complete the task that why I only gave it 4 Stars. But all in all a very good game.
April 4, 2012
I really liked this match 3 the graphics are good and it's a swap not a chain which I'm glad of the board is set up like those of Magic Match if you have ever played those only with this one you swap not chain which made looking at the board better for me. Your swapping resources to build your Citadel and you have to collect herbs for potions. It has some different game play in it with different goals such as surrounding a building with orange squares, moving chest etc. you also have to break through obstacles on the board as well and you have your power ups or spells that can help out. The building part of the game is awesome I love it you get to place the buildings yourself on the grid and you can stack buildings and join buildings together and your able to create your own Citadel the way you want to, also you can move them around or you can sell them back you really get free range of how you want to place the buildings and how you want them to work and that is what I loved about this game that part was so cool and the game play is very clever. You can played timed or untimed mode there are options for the cursor, and visual quality. This game really has alot going for it I've loved every minute that I've been playing my only complaint is there is a little too much dialogue but I can deal with that as well you can click through it. This game really surprised me I didn't think I would really care that much for it but I was pleasantly surprised with this one it has turned out to be one of the best match 3 games I've played in a while and I think some of that is due to the building aspect of the game it's interactive and just really cool. Give this game a try you may end up feeling the same way I did I was so glad I give this one a chance I haven't been disappointed and I have had an amazing time with it. I do hope to see a sequel I can tell alot of care went into the making of this game so thank you dev's and Big Fish you did a great job with this one.
May 10, 2012
This game held my attention and the demo just few by.
The tilted board didn't bother me at all. There was variety in the M3 gameplay and a lot of buildings still to be unlocked after the demo finished. I estimate it could be quite a long game.
The building is free style, which means you can build how and where you like and be as creative as you want, given the available objects. I will buy this game for the free style building alone, but the M3 elements are also good.
May 9, 2012
This game might have been ok except for the over abundance of dialogue between the characters! I wanted to move on more quickly, but no way to skip the dialogue.
May 8, 2012
Different match 3 game
This game is challenging only in that the match 3 board is set at an angle. It really does force a person think before making a move. But, it's not that hard once you get used to the angle and the way the blocks move.
The characters pop in often to give direction, but you can click thru it quickly. I did find the story line lacking, and the graphics are a bit "cartoony." The music is "ok" but certainly not something to write home about.
On the plus side, while rebuilding the citadal, you get many different choices to build it the way YOU want it to look. During the building of the citadel, you are required to build certain things at a specific time, but these can be moved or even deleted later once that requirement is completed, so it really does become your own.
You also have the option to play timed or casual. If the angle is bothersome, try playing w/o the timer so you can get used to it.
Overall, I find it to be a fun game, but not a real challenge. And, I have yet to get a sore neck due to the angle.
May 19, 2012