Pros and cons
First, a Northern Tale knockoff. Loved the music and graphics. Gave it only three stars for visual and sound since the voice overs were maddening with constant "yah, yah" when doing something along with other commentaries every time a play was made which took the fun away. I recommend it for those who never played Northern Tale (this ranks well below it) and don't mind the chat. Has relaxed and timed mode which is a benefit.
June 11, 2013
Annoying and confusing
I agree with the other reviewer about the voices becoming rapidly annoying. In addition, I found the game to be confusing, rather than fun. Even with the directions turned on, it was not always clear what to do, how to use the power tools, or what building to build. I really enjoy Road to Rome #1 and #2, but would not buy this one. I clicked out of the demo before getting halfway through it.
June 23, 2013
More of the same...
A slightly different version of Northern Tale. The way you build/upgrade buildings is different, although not necessarily better or worse. And unlike Northern Tale, this game doesn't allow a multitask/multiclick option. You have to wait until the workers are back at the base before you can assign another task, otherwise you get yelled at with, "There's a problem!" Equally annoying is the fact that the workers talk every.single.time you assign them a task. Shut up already and let me play the game!
What I like- a new TM game. There are never enough of them. I will probably buy this when there's a good sale. Overall, it is a fun game that requires a bit of strategy to get gold.
What I don't like-
- as previously mentioned, the horribly annoying commentary from workers that you can't shut off. For this reason alone, I'm giving it only 3 stars. That is how horrible the sounds are in this game.
- no multitask option
- hard to plan ahead. You can't mouse over items to see what is needed to complete them until you clear the path to them.
- you HAVE to read all the text when you "talk" to another player in the game, or you won't have a clue what task has been added, because they don't always add it to the task list at the bottom of the screen.
- if you want to switch modes (normal, hard, etc), you have to completely start the game over; you can't switch back and forth while playing.
June 12, 2013
Roads of Rome meets Viking Brothers
Same old thing for me. I have the ROR series and I enjoy them. Viking Brothers was too much like ROR and this just puts the two together. So it's a no buy for me because I already play the others and this is too much of the same. Can't wait for some other challenging TM game from BF. Thought this would be it, but no. Guess I'll just wait another three months and hundreds of HO games to find something that interests me.
June 11, 2013
Too annoying to play for long
This is a standard "clear the road, build a building" TM game. Nothing here that you haven't seen before. Unlike some other TM games, you can't 'chain' tasks, meaning you can't click a task for a busy character to pick up once he's done with his current task. This forces you to sit idly while your character finishes his work. Also, if you click quickly, the voiceover will say its comments at the same time, making it hard to understand what is being said.
I was hoping for something better so will not be buying this one.
June 15, 2013
Annoying, Repetitive, and Flawed
This game frustrated me to no end for a number of reasons. I really WANT to like it, but it's just so badly designed. The visuals and sound effects are top notch, but the flow of gameplay is jutting, inconsistent, and downright clunky. The level goals are vaguely outlined, and the sheer number of different requirements for building makes this game unbearably slow. It is clearly a predecessor to When In Rome, a MUCH better game from the same developer. Sorry, but this is a definite pass for me.
October 26, 2013
Nothing New, I'll replay an Oldie Instead
Based on demo. Someone once wrote in his review of a game that it's time for tough love..... here's my bit of it.
Standard TM game is pushing it a bit. It's the same old thing in a new skin. The voices are annoying so I turned the sound off along with the music. I rely on the sounds to know when the boosts are over so lack of sound detracted from gameplay.
The bridges, flowers, campfires, fishing docks I found to be way too small and the buildings huge in comparison. Smaller buildings would make room for larger items.
The graphics were okay; clear but small as I stated.
I just finished Weather Lord and entirely enjoyed myself; new intriguing fun!
I'm sure avid fans of this type of game will buy and recommend it but I won't and I don't!! I won't waste a coupon code either!!
June 10, 2013
I really love games like this. However, I played two levels and quit, because of the incessant and annoying character voices. Because there is no way to mute the voices without muting all sounds I uninstalled this game and will not be purchasing it. Disappointing.
June 27, 2013
Same old same old....
I have many many TM games and quite a few 'clear the road' TM games I also have other Viking 'clear the road' TM games such as Northern Tale, Viking Brothers. This game seems to borrow heavily on Viking Brothers in the fact that there are two Brothers each with a tale to tell. For me however it didn't seem to be as imagintative as this game, and the soudbytes of 'I'm doing it' etc got very grating very quickly. Also I did object to the use of the word 'midget', which in England (where I reside) is a degrotary term. For me this put me off the game even more so than the 'this has been done better before' game. The word dwarf whilst possibly slightly offensive, is in my mind slightly more acceptable as it invokes 'loveable' story charctars such as those featured in Snow White, and the Hobbit (ok these are possibly not loveable but you get the general gist), for me therefore after hearing the word 'midget' about 6 times in one of the opening cut-screens, and the very 'samey' game play I decided that this was definatly not a game for me, which was a shame really as I was looking for new TM. This though after playing it for around 40 minutes didn't seem to bring anything 'new to the table'.
Music/graphics were of equal standard to others in this ilk (actually the graphics were carbon copied of some other games of this ilk (though that could just be my eyes).
Overall I can't recommend this game owing to the usage of what I regard as non PC words.
June 10, 2013
Too much unnecessary chatter
This game might have been all right, but all the redundant chatter, quite unnecessary to play the game, was really, really irritating.
June 12, 2013