Time Management + Strategy = Fun
Royal Envoy is more than just a time management game. Each level requires a strategy if you want to finish within the allotted time.
Basic play is building and improving structures on several islands in a Kingdom. These include various houses, as well as banks, markets, and construction mills. Player has resources (like gold and materials) and people (like workers and tax collectors) to accomplish the tasks of each level.
After the initial levels, which are relatively easy to complete, the game adds Pirates who must be bribed, obstacles to overcome, and Happiness requirements for the residents. There are 68 levels in the game.
My experience with this game was excellent. Challenging without being frustrating. The game allows you to reset a level if your strategy proves to be totally off. Awards can be achieved for completing all levels on an island within the "golden time" (if you care).
This game has high replay-ability. Put it away for a month or two and the tasks of each level will seem new.
November 11, 2011
This game has many levels. If you complete the level in the amount of time you get a gold star. If not, you can go back and try again. With this game, you have to think it through before you start as to your stragedy. I have played this game over and over. After you complete all the levels with all gold, you then go on to play a more difficult version of the same levels.
November 22, 2011
Best of Breed in the town-building genre
Great graphics, story and gameplay, with an element of whimsey that most of these sort of games don't have. A very good value for the money.
December 10, 2011
One of the best TM games
Nice grafiks and a good story. The difficulty progresses, but it is definetly possible to get gold on every level.
Great fun, but be careful......its addictive.
December 29, 2011
One of the Best
I absolutely love this game. The game play is excellent and has sufficient challenges. The graphics are beautiful and the characters are amusing. One of my favourites.
January 30, 2012
I am surprised that I like this game this much.
The graphics are good but seem to be suitable for a child's game. The simple plot would be suitable for that as well. However the strategy and time management required suits adults as well. It has enough strategy to keep you entertained but not so much that you are constantly referring to a walk through. I usually can't do time management games due to arthritis in my hands. I know what to do but can't do it fast enough. I don't have that problem with this game.The game is nice and long as well.
June 23, 2012
This is a great game, you can play right through the levels and then go back again to 'max out' on the ones you took a bit long to complete - lots of play value and one I will come back to again and again!
December 11, 2011
Extreme fun game
An incredible amount of levels offering increased challenges. This and Envoy II can't be beat.
February 2, 2012
One of my favorite time managment games
engaging and fun, with just enough challenge to keep my interest.
November 10, 2011
Different & challenging
This game will appeal to those who love an exciting challenge AND those who prefer a relaxing game. Each level comes with specific tasks that must be completed to move to the next island. Tasks might include building certain types of houses, buildings, overcome road blocks, etc. The first time through each level I mainly got the lay of the land. You can take as long as you like to complete the tasks but the real challenge is doing the level fast enough to earn gold level status. To earn gold, you have to develop a strategy for completing the tasks in just the right order. Do you need to buy workers first or build a market or pay off the pirate? Each level requires a different mix of materials, workers, and gold. Developing a strategy for each level is key and achieving gold is no easy feat. The graphics and chatter of the characters are delightful and the music is upbeat without being annoying. You definitely get your money's worth with Royal Envoy. If you enjoy the demo, you'll love the full version!
February 15, 2013