Ballad of Solar
Not bad, not the best
For me, this was a fun game to play through once. I played the whole game in the un-timed mode. (There is a harder, timed mode, as well.)
It is an asset/resource management game. You need to help Prince Solar defeat the evil one, rescue the princess, etc. You do this by clearing roads, rebuilding buildings, defeating evil spirits, rescuing fairies and people.
Unlike normal TM games, most levels require some interaction with characters on that level. (Get the old man some honey, rebuild houses for the locals before they will tell you where the secret path is, etc). Also, on most levels you need to get to and open boxes that contain useful items, like a shovel or an ax.
This game is very order specific. By that I mean, first you need to open a box to get a shovel to fill in a hole to get to the gold to open a trunk to get... etc.
Cartoon graphics are great
Sound is great
Voice overs are good and can be clicked through
Game play is pretty typical
The characters you meet and who sometimes accompany your are well done. I love Yord, the troll.
The animations are well done.
I love that you only need to scroll over items to pick them up. No clicking required!
As far as I could see, you can't screw up so badly that you can't finish a level. You can exceed the time limit, but you can still finish the level.
If you scroll over something, the game will provide info, like what path to clear to get to it, what the box contains, etc. That is very useful, because the paths are not always easy to figure out.
Most reviewer pointed out that each level is divided into sub-levels. If you miss getting the gold on sub-level 3, you have to start at the beginning again. You can't just replay sub-level 3. I didn't mind this so much, since I really wasn't playing to get the gold.
My biggest complaint is this. The game is confusing. For example, there are these weird plants on several levels. On one level, you have to water the plants before you can get what you need from them. On other levels, no watering and you get a root. On other levels you get the flower.
On some levels Treants are bad. On other levels you have to help them.
To complete some tasks, (visiting shrines, talking to people, breaking up rock piles) three circles appear (Solar, Yord and the magician) and you have to choose which one to send, even though the game tells you which one to send. (Yord to break up rock piles.) I intentional sent the magician to cut through a log, once. It worked and did not seem to take any longer. Don't know what the point is.
Also, there is a little phoenix (looks like chicken little) that will supply you with dynamite. On some levels, you have to catch a fish and give it to the phoenix, before he will give you the dynamite. On other levels, he just gives it to you.
There is a blacksmith that shows up on certain levels. If you provide him with the necessary parts, he will combine them to make something useful. Some combinations make sense. The top and bottom of a club to make a club, for example. On other levels, the combinations make no sense what so ever.
Since time is of the essence, being confused about how to proceed isn't good.
There are many other examples I could give, but I think you understand what I am saying.
Overall, I thought this game was enjoyable, but having played through once, I am done with it and will delete it.
There are some great ideas in it and if the programmers can make it a bit more... don't know what. Logical? I think they will have a winning format.
I recommend this game.
May 7, 2013
Nice twist on Time Management
This is a cute game. You have a choice of playing in Adventure mode or Heroic mode. In Adventure, only part of each level is timed (and they are very clear which is timed and which is not). In Heroic, each level is completely timed. I played it through both ways. Some levels were relatively easy, but, overall, it was challenging to meet the time constraints to get the gold star. This is a good game for beginners on up!
The only downside is that there are only 30 levels.
April 24, 2013
Good TM game
I bought it. But i love TM games. It is the best but it is still good. I like it.
March 31, 2013
Fun TM game!
This was a fun TM game--not terribly challenging but not mindless either. Thoroughly enjoyed it!
May 30, 2013
Really enjoyed it
This game is so much fun! It has a ton of levels so it's worth buying. I played for hours straight because I had to finish it. :)
May 19, 2013
Fun TM game, but could be better!
This is a really fun, new spin on TM games. One thing that I don't like is that every level has 2 or 3 parts to it, so if you mess up the last section of the level, you have to start all the way back at the beginning. I don't really understand why they are grouped like this either. It doesn't allow you to carry over time and/or resources into the next section of the level, which would make more sense. I also wish the game was longer, as I finished it in less than a day of casual playing.
April 21, 2013
An okay game...
This is an okay, though nowhere near great, game. If you enjoyed Outta this Kingdom (which I will admit I didn't), then you're likely to enjoy this game. They have similar gameplay, though they're not entirely identical. This one isn't really quite like the other clear the roads games (Roads of Rome, My Kingdom for the Princess, etc).
The graphics for this game are pretty nice for a time management game, though the animation is a bit stiff feeling at times. I didn't have any major issues with the sound or music, there was nothing particularly remarkable about either of them. There is an awful lot of pausing of the game for story with this game, something that could end up being annoying for some. I don't generally expect this much pausing in a time management game to listen to/watch story, so I found it a bit annoying. You can't skip storyline bits entirely either, you can only click your way through each part of the conversation to try and move it along a bit faster.
There isn't a whole lot of strategy involved with this game, which is my biggest complaint with it. There's basically one strategy for each level if you're wanting to do it in timed mode and earn a gold star, and it's all about how fast you can do that strategy. Obviously, if you play in non-timed mode you can do other strategies, but then you lose a bit of challenge and I prefer to play these sorts of games in a timed mode. My other biggest annoyance is that this game has chapters broken up into sub-levels, so for example chapter 2 is broken up into 2.1, 2.2, etc. And if you restart a level, it actually starts you back at the beginning of the level. Don't initially get a gold star on 2.2 and want to try again? Well, you'll have to start all over at 2.1 to even try and do so.
Ultimately, if those issues don't bug you and you tend to play time management games in a relaxed mode anyway, this game will probably be quite enjoyable for you. If you prefer a timed mode, really want to get gold on each level, and are more into the way games like My Kingdom for the Princess work as opposed to Outta this Kingdom, then this likely isn't the game for you. Ultimately, try the trial before you buy - this is one I won't be buying for myself, but I can see how others might want to go for it.
April 14, 2013
So so game
It is very similar to Outta this Kingdom in terms of levels being divided into sublevels with its own timers.
One notable difference is that with Ballad of Solar, if you hit restart, you restart from the beginning of the level and not the section that you are currently working on.
I did find one thing to be exceptionally annoying about the game. I LOATHED the voice actors in this one. So much so that I put my computer on mute halfway into the game.
Challenge wise, the levels were quite easy to get gold on. Didn't have to replay too many levels.
I recommend the game ....with the sound off.
March 28, 2013
the game it self was ok i played half the free trial in normal (non timer) and half on hard (timer) when on timer is quite hard to get gold star but when you play non timer its more relaxing and more fun.
the graphic are quite good, same with sound quality
its not a very challenging game. story line is quite good
March 27, 2013
Fun TM game
I always play TM games on the hardest setting & manage to do an okay job, but with this one- I could not get gold easily (if at all!) The graphics & music are great. I am a huge fan of gathering items to complete a goal, but I felt like it was a little too much in this game. In the later levels, I was sitting around waiting to harvest items or waiting for buildings to produce enough for the goal. I think this has the potential to be a great game with some minor tweaks! Overall I enjoyed this game & would recommend it to TM/Strategy fans!
March 27, 2013