Escape From Paradise 2: A Kingdom's Quest
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This is a fun strategy game. Your hero starts off on an island with fogged areas around it, and you must play your way across the islands. It takes a bit of time to figure out what you are supposed to do and how to do it, but there's a helpful monkey who guides you to important spots. You gather resources, build huts, and increase your workforce by letting new tribe members join your crews. You have to keep everyone busy, and make sure you rotate people among activities.
The game is similar to Virtual Villagers, where you are trying to figure out and complete the overall mission while performing individual tasks and games. Some are harder than others, but all are manageable. You can build up players' strengths by playing the mini-games over and over. There are some hidden objects to find and catch, such as birds and fish - the monkey is the one who does the work here.
The only negative is that some of the game mechanics are not easy, such as moving to specific locations. You may need to move your hero around a bit to get it to the place you want. You don't get emotionally involved with the hero because they don't "talk" to you much, although the monkey is quite likable. I like that the players don't keep working while you are away like some games do. I haven't replayed it yet but it may be more fun the second time through, since you know what to do.
I really enjoyed it, and if you like Virtual Villagers, you will find this not quite as good but fun in the same way. I think it is definitely worth playing and owning.
January 4, 2012
Another great game
I really enjoy this type of game, and if you like Virtual Villagers, you will too. This game seemed a bit more friendly to me than did Virtual Villagers, but it suffers from the same problem that VV does -- the AI is a tad dumb.
When you have a fair number of tribesmen, it's a bit tedious to have to go around to all of them to make sure they're not hungry/thirsty/tired. If I wanted that sort of game, I'd play a Time Management game.
They really need some way of saying, "If your thirst bar gets here, then go take a drink, dummy!" instead of the guy working until he's parched and getting unhappy because of it.
However, I love the advancement, research, resource gathering, building, and puzzles that this game (as well as Escape from Paradise and all the Virtual Villagers games) includes.
While there wasn't enough different from the first one to be a true sequel (more like an expansion), it was a great game.
January 28, 2012
I like both this and the first edition of the game.
May 12, 2012