My Kingdom for the Princess IV
Impossible and not worth money
This game starts out rather well for about 10 levels and then suddenly one finds themselves unable to complete a level or even come close because one has no lumber and no food. You have to wait and wait for resources. Any way you try to play the level you will fail. This is another in a line of failures. The game seems to have been rushed out without adequate testing which resulted in impossible times. Perhaps the coders should have actually played it once themselves. Because the game is impossible to finish, I must give it a do not buy recommendation.
February 6, 2014
Too Much Running and Very Little Doing
First, for my fellow gamers, I demo for the full hour, because even well-established series can release games with technical problems. Also, gameplay may be anomalous and not to your liking. This is the Halloween III of the series.
I don't like what I call "negatives" introduced into my time management games: thieves, insects, and, in this case, dragons. Things you have to battle to carry out your tasks. They are the bane of people with repetitive stress injuries and, in general, not fun. How much they plague this particular game, I don't know, because, frankly, I am bored by it.
I have only made it to about level 7 or so because all my efforts seem to be spent chasing down resources rather than completing tasks. Getting only one resource per trip doesn't allow for much in the way of strategy. You HAVE to fetch them. This isn't challenging at all. I am deeply disappointed and don't know how much value I'll get out of this purchase.
February 6, 2014
Glad for a sequel, just wish it wasn't this one
Like most other reviewers, I'm a huge fan of the MKFTP series. I've loved all three games and the changes in each sequel were always welcome. I was thrilled to see another MKFTP game and bought it immediately. If this had been the first MKFTP game I played, I would never have played the others.
I played through the entire game, hoping it would improve because I wanted to love it. It didn't. All levels on all islands eventually run together, there's nothing interesting about game play. No replay value at all.
Gathering the resources was the worst change. It took forever and wasn't consistent. Some piles had three, some two, some one, and I had trouble telling the difference sometimes. You can queue actions which is new and welcome, but it's just a queue of repetitive actions with no interesting outcome.
Even the storyline was confusing if you've played the entire series. Arthur was the hero of the first two and then the third was about his sons. The fact that the developers didn't bother to think up one different name should have been my first clue that this wasn't going to go well. I didn't mind the cut scene graphics, but didn't like the changes in the graphics for the rest of the game. Too much extra scenery that obscured the paths. Just like Arthur taking up the bottom part of the screen to let you know when you've accomplished a task. Almost every time he's just in your way and in a couple of cases kept me from getting gold on a level.
Negatives: Too much extra clicking. No real difference in levels, even on different islands. Game gets boring after a few levels. Warehouses, which were one of the most useful buildings, are gone. No interesting characters. No replay value. Just tedious overall.
Positives: It's not another HOG game.
February 9, 2014
I can't believe any fan of the first three games in this series gave this 4 or 5 stars.
- Having to revisit resources three times to clear them is frustrating and boring.
- Arthur constantly popping into view is very annoying.
- Some of the obstacles like the precipice look the same before and after you've fixed them/built the bridge, etc so it's difficult to tell if you've completed them or not.
- Changes to the graphics (like the giant cartoony fruits) make this game look like it's geared to children.
The games in this series usually suck me in for far longer than I intended to play. This one was so bad, I was ready to exit by level 3. I came back the next day and played another few levels to see if I felt any different about it, but nope.
I bought MKFTP II and III without playing the demo first. I'm so glad I didn't do the same with IV. I am not going to purchase it, and will be deeply reluctant to buy any future installments in this series. I've never reviewed a game before, but this was such a disappointment, I feel compelled to warn others.
Fans who enjoy this series should NOT buy this game.
February 16, 2014
I pity the princess
I'm a huge time-management game fan but I never could get into the MK4TP series. With each new release, the series doesn't get any better. Some have compared this series to the Roads of Rome and I can agree with that, cause I don't care for the RoR series either. Neither series even begins to compete with the Royal Envoys or Island Tribes.
What I look for in a good TM game is decent gameplay. Where success is pretty much guaranteed if you follow a strategy. Sadly, this recent release of MK4TP required me to repeat the fourth level twice just to get the gold and by the fifth level, I gave up and uninstalled the game. The graphics are not impressive and the voice-overs are incredibly annoying.
There is no "no timer" mode and your queu clicking is limited. The background scenery is repetitive and dull.
IMO, you are better off with the Royal Envoy, Island Tribe, Northern Tale series. They each allow varied queu clicking, varied graphics, decent achievement lists/trophies as well as numerous game modes.
I like having the option to play a TM game in 'relaxed mode' simply because sometimes some game developers release games that have some levels that are just frustrating to no end. People should have that option. With MK4TP you don't.
February 18, 2014
I really hate this game
I love the first three my kingdom for the princess games but this one I actually hate. I really really wish i had played the trail before i brought it but thought it was going to be as good as the other three so just brought it. I will not be buying number five unless they go back to the old format. running three times to get supplies is just stupid i could rattle of lots of things but i give this game the big thumbs down.
February 9, 2014
What happened to MKFTP???
Even though I am no a fan of Time Management games, I played the first three MKFTP and based on these experiences, nearly bought this one here without a trial. Thank Goodness I didn't!!! What on earth has happened to the previous fail-safe model?
Where MKFTP 1, 2 and 3 can be quite difficult, at least I felt they made sense when it comes to thinking about and working on a strategy for each level. This feeling I don't have here at all. Nothing makes any sense to me. I felt running about not knowing exactly why. What is this with running back to the same pile of resources and obstacles a few times?
The sliding of the islands I can live with, because I can turn it off, but this feature is another completely ridiculous addition. As is the 'Not-so-handsome-Prince' that keeps jumping into ones face.
Where I can understand that the developers want to take a games-series to the next level up, they have achieved the exact opposite with this one. I'm glad that MKFTP 4 wasn't MKFTP 1, otherwise I'd never looked into the other three.
I wonder, providing they plan on a fifth, how they can rectify this train crash of a game. It would have been a lot more fun if they'd left the way obstacles are removed and resources being collected as it was and added some whimsical minigames and new opponents. Fire spitting dragons that have to have water thrown at them from a pond that first needs building, instead of hacking away on rocks, e.g. and btw with this idea I came up as I wrote it, that fast! And unlike developers I don't even earn money for having ideas.
Where I highly recommend MKFTP 1,2 and 3 and really recommend the fourth in the series.
February 13, 2014
I want the oldest My Kingdom for the Princess 1,2,3...
I wanted to buy it but i will not because i did not like this new play of game... i loved the oldest games!!!! I hate this one (IV)!
Please try to make a new one with the old fashioned way!
February 7, 2014
So disappointing (sorry for my english)
So so so bad in comparation of the three firt MCFTP.
- when food, wood or gold appear to be bring at home, you have to go three or four times for each to bring it back at home.
- new creatures appear that make the game so slow.
- there is no more "wherehouse", and you have only 20 numbers of food, wood or gold to finish the level.
- are differents, not bad, but i did not like it.
It's not anymore "My Kingdom for the Princess" at all !
You don't have time to think how you will manage to finish the level, as it was in the last games.
February 21, 2014
Hate this one!!
I'm so glad I decided to "try" instead of "buy". I was so excited to start playing because I love the first three versions (I have played them more times than I can count)! But, within 5 minutes of playing the demo version I turned it off and uninstalled it. Running back and forth to gather items and having to cut down bushes and such a few times (instead of knocking them all out in one shot)...waste of time and boring. I'm so bummed, I was really looking forward to this one since each version got better and better each time - they have officially killed it.
March 15, 2014