Archie: Riverdale Rescue
Okay, but probably better as a mobile game...
I can remember reading old Archie comics saved by my Aunt when I was younger, even though a lot of those comics were before my time, let alone some being before her time. And he seems to have been going on continuously for a long time, with varying levels of popularity at different times. So when I saw this game, I was intrigued and figured I'd give it a try. It took me awhile, but I finally did so.
Ultimately, this is a mobile game that's just been 'ported to the PC. It definitely plays that way, and if you try to look at it as a PC game instead of what it is, it's definitely a huge disappointment. As a mobile game, it's not one of the best I've tried, but it's not the worst either.
The graphics are relatively simple, and very much in the style of the Archie comics. They're very one dimensional, so there isn't really any dimension added beyond what you'd expect in the comics. There is also relatively little animation, beyond watching the characters clean things up, and even that's a very minimal animation. The music is basically the same tune repeated constantly in the background and is really just "there" and doesn't get a lot of notice from me.
The gameplay isn't hard, it's mainly just completing quests popped up by and for the different characters. You start off with just Archie and Jughead, and the tutorial takes you through unlocking Betty. Veronica is next, and then ultimately there's various other characters to unlock at different levels. (Some of which I don't remember seeing in any Archie comic books, but then maybe they're more recent ones; I haven't read one since I was a child.) The characters are used to complete the quests and remove different garbage-y items around town and spruce things up. Some of these activities use up energy, which is replenished slowly over time or by drinking soda.
Sounds okay, right? Well, here's where the issue comes in. Most tasks take a fair amount of time to complete, like a lot of mobile games out there with tasks. So basically you'll start up the game, set the characters to tasks, and then end up quitting to let them go do their thing. (You can't let this run in the background and do other things on your computer, as it then acts like it's paused.) Unless you want to give them soda to speed it up. And that's where the micro-transactions come in. To get more soda other than the few you can occasionally earn for free, you have to pay real money for it. There are also items that can be placed around town to help decorate it that can also be purchased only with soda, so you have the potential to use up your soda supply rather rapidly. And there are mini games within the big game that use soda, but there's no definite way of knowing it until after you've played the mini-game at least once, using a soda you might not have wanted to "spend".
Ultimately, I do understand this is a free game and they need to make their money somehow, but it's rather slow even understanding that. And the potential to earn free soda seems rather low, though I've only gotten about 5 levels into the game so far. If certain objects are going to require soda to buy them, then there needs to be a slightly higher chance of earning soda in game than what's appeared so far. (I've only earned 2 in addition to what the game gave me so far, and am hoarding it like a soda junkie.) I think I would possibly like this a wee bit better on a mobile device than my PC, but since I use Android devices that's not an option for me. And even then, I still think the game is a bit more of a money pit than some of these micro-transaction games.
I really don't see myself doing a whole lot more with this game, as I suspect I will get bored of how slow it is and having to constantly launch and quit it on my PC just to check things. if the idea of this game still interests you, I would suggest it on your mobile device instead, and even then you'll have to be an apple mobile device user. I just can't recommend it as a PC game at all, and would still be hesitant even if you do have a mobile device that will work with it.
March 5, 2014
Could be better
I've always enjoyed reading Archie comics so when I saw this game, I knew I just had to get it. However I am disappointed. This game has really nothing to it and there isn't much you can do without sending characters to do multi-hour tasks.I'm only on level 10 and I've already got >75% on the Riverdale rating, so all that's left for me to do is the quests. At first the quests required little time to complete, but now they seem to take anywhere from 8-20 hours and require lots of soda to speed up, so unless your very willing to spend real money on sodas, you're stuck waiting hours for various actions to be completed. It takes quite a while to level up and even upgrading buildings (takes about 20-24 hours)gets you little experience. If you only want to spend 10 minutes a day on a game then this one fits, but if you want one with lots of things to do I would avoid this.
May 23, 2014
Want my time back
I would have given this a much higher rating if the whole play hadn't reset itself and I lost 17 levels of progress. It is addictive and I ended up spending more time than it was worth because it reset to the beginning, which is a problem other users seem to be having. Like all "free" games, the game is set up to encourage players to spend real world cash, but there are in-game methods of raising those funds which is nice. The fact that the game reset after acquiring one of those premium items is suspicious. I am hoping the issue is a bug that will be fixed as the update looks promising, but I would rather not waste anymore time when it appear it may be lost.
March 4, 2014
No much to it.
I'm a big fan of Archie and his pals going waaaaaay back, so the game looked like a wonderful trip down memory lane. The graphics gave me hope it was a ''life story'' type of game whcih I guess it is, but much too slow care about anyone's progress.. After cleaning up the town a bit during the tutorial, I settled in to play and found not a whole lot there. Tasks were things like ''bake a cake'' or ''eat candy'' with no visuals of the quest as the characters seem to just walk around randomly. When you start a quest, a ''spin the bottle'' wheel/game hits you in the face. I played it a couple of times before I realized each play it cost me a ''soda,'' the game's speed up currency. Now, it may be worth it to play the wheel, but I didn't realize I had an option . ''Uh oh,'' I thought, ''this one's going to be another money pit.'' It just didn't seems worth it to me to get involved.
I can't recommend the game, but please try it for yourself.
February 18, 2014
Frustrating - Re-starts
First time I played, I thought I did something wrong and the game started back at the beginning. The next time, I was making serious progress into the game (lvl 7) and then when I started the game - everything was lost and I was back at the beginning. Don't want anything to do with this game until creator fixes the save game or restart issue. I like it, BUT.
May 1, 2014
The only challenge is patience
I like the whole idea of the game but when you think about it this game requires only clicking and no thinking. You click on a quest, run through the conversation, send the appropriate characters to a location and then wait 2-24 hours, maybe longer. what is the point of waiting this long for an event to complete? where is the fun in that? I can never even have more than 6 events running at the same time because they all involve the same characters or locations. It completely lacks strategy and the only fun thing you can do is fix up the town once you have unlocked more items from the shop but by then I am sure anyone would be exhausted of this game.
March 20, 2014
Not for me
It was difficult to navigate and even with the tutorial I wasn't quite sure I knew what I was doing. I set all the characters up with tasks and then sat back and said "Now what?". I pay for a monthly membership to BigFish, so I think I will stick with the high quality games I usually get from them, where I can play as long as I like without having to wait for a task to finish. This game might be fun for some, but I didn't enjoy it for my PC. Maybe as an app game for a phone it would be better - if you could scroll around and get to each person's house easier.
March 29, 2014
cute but no go with the restarts
I got to half way to level 14 without buying any sodas and it crashed. When I say crashed, I mean the game restarted at level 1. Tried again and it crashed a day later almost to level 6. While playing the game was cute the 96 hours for one upgrade is not, get real. That is why with several weeks of this game behind me, I advise you to skip it. The levels get longer and longer and unless you buy lots of soda the fun runs out very quickly. The levels are all geared to get you to buy lots of sodas. It was cute enough to make me want to see the entire board uncovered at the start, but not now. Big waste of time.
May 2, 2014
It's so bad.....
It's so bad, it was on my machine for about 10 minutes. Then, POOF! It was gone.
February 27, 2014