Royal Envoy Collector's Edition
The Hidden Object Game Lover LOVES This Time Management Game!
Well, I'm not as obsessed with Time Management Games as I once was, but I'm happy to give them a try. Let me say... ROYAL ENVOY IS AWESOME! It is hands down the best Time Management game I have ever played in my life.
For me, it's all about the gameplay, but there is a nice story to go with it. The story goes that you have been chosen by the king to help rebuild Islandshire and you, along with your friend, Cedric, set about on rebuilding the Island. Some nice touches added were the pirates ?asking? for your help with THEIR island, and the game using your name in the story, although the king does not speak your name.
I felt that this story was a nice touch to an addictive game.
Now, the gameplay. One word to sum it up: AWESOME! I was addicted from the very start, and this addiction just grew and grew and grew. I had so much fun. My free hour went by in a flash. The gameplay is basically a medieval, much more fun, version of the Build-a-Lot franchise. The game involves building and upgrading houses to increase rent and happiness, building buildings (such as markets and sawmills), which decrease the happiness, I must add, collecting rent and so forth. So, you're pretty much looking at a 700x better Build-a-Lot.
The game is timed, but not timed. Let me explain this in further detail:
There is a gold timer, which gives you a gold star if you manage to complete it before the timer runs out, but if the timer does run out, you can still finish the level, which I loved. It is not important to get a gold star on every level, but an achievement is earned if you do.
The game is very challenging. For those looking for a challenging game, this is it.
How long does the entire game take? Well, I finished 10 levels in an hour, but I'm sure they'll get longer as the game progresses. There was still at least 5 islands, each with 4 levels, to complete. So I'm estimating at least a 3 hour main game based on my playing time, but there are faster and slower players than me, and this is assuming we don't run in to more pirates in the entire game.
The graphics were great, as is expected when it comes to PlayRix. They've done a marvelous job here. The game artwork is superb: crystal clear, visually appealing and not grainy, not even once. The cutscene artwork is also exceptional.
The voice-overs were good, but not great. They weren't over done, but weren't bad either. The voices are British with the exception of the pirates, who are American.
?Log book?- this allows you to watch all cutscenes again.
Points System- every time you finish a level, you earn points. Points are accumulated by the following factors:
Amount of resources
Amount of houses built, as well as the upgrades.
Whether or not you got the gold star
Strategy Guide- extremely helpful for those (like me) who can't finish every level in time for the gold star.
Lots of bonus play
This will be the first time management game I have bought in AGES and the first ever PlayRix game I've bought. Usually, PlayRix give good games, but this is a great one. I HIGHLY recommend to anyone, even those who prefer Hidden Object Games. No matter if you get the CE or the SE, you WON'T be disappointed!
September 8, 2013
This game is fun and challenging. I love to get expert on all the levels and some took me 5 tries. but was enjoyable and ever changing scenes.
February 19, 2013
Hours of Great Fun!
I truly enjoyed playing this game. I was skeptical at first on whether to purchase the CE or just the regular version. I went ahead and got the CE and couldn't have been happier with my choice.
To say this game has a ton of levels would be putting it mildly. This game had me going for hours on end wanting to know what happens next. Overall the game is excellent. There were only a few things that I disliked:
(1) At the beginning of the game there was no need to "side" the homes; however as the game progressed you had to "side" the homes to ensure the were stable. This kind of got annoying. Although no resources were use to do this, it did require time to be spent by your workers that could have been spent doing something else.
(2) "New Offer!"....OMG I got so tired of hearing the market owners yell that out every 5 seconds, it nearly drove me batty.
(3) The Expert Level was nothing more than just speeding up the time clock. No real strategy involved, just click faster.
(4) I thought the storyline was cute, but the end was very disappointing. Even the character Cedric thought so. I don't know really what I was expecting, but something a little more dramatic that how it ended.
All in all this was well worth the extra buck to get the CE. I was looking forward to getting RE2, but after reading a few of the reviews I'm not totally sold on the idea. According to a couple of the reviews part 2 is really click-a-dy-click fest more than TM/Strategy. Although I like some challenge when it comes to point and click, I don't want to play something that I feel to win the level I just have to click repeatedly...there's no fun in that. Just out of curiosity I will probably eventually breakdown and get it. But for now I'll just enjoy the replay of RE1.
November 13, 2012
Thoroughly enjoyable and challenging
This is the most enjoyable time management game I have encountered so far. The story is fun, the animation is great, Cedric's smile, and the squeaking parrot in the intro screen are fun and makes me smile too right away! The variety in general, choices with houses, different production resources, the choices to make in the market, the thinking of what decision to make etc make it quite an intelligent game and not a repetitive chore. Highly recommended!
September 14, 2012
Absolutely the best time management game!
This game is so addicting! I could not believe my time was already up! I liked the way the game progressively became harder with each level that you passed. Fantastic graphics and sounds. It really keeps you engaged.
August 18, 2012
Great graphics, fun and interesting
This is one of the best time management time game I have ever purchased. It's worth the money. I love a game that makes you use your brain. I can play this game for hours and over and over again. Excellent Game!
June 16, 2012
I loved playing this game with all of the bonus levels and expert levels....amazingly good time!!
December 17, 2011
My Favorite Game
I love this game. I have replayed it many times and it is just as fun as the first time. A must have in your game collection.
February 11, 2013
awesome time management strategy game
This was one of the better time management strategy type games out there. Still near the top even though there are newer games out there now.
January 26, 2013
If you like TM games like I do this game is for you. Great graphics and building houses and gathering food, this is great. I never thought I would like these types of games so I gave it a try and now I am hooked on them. The story line was good and I enjoyed this game very much.
I guess you can tell I am not much of a writer. So I say buy this game you will not be sorry you did.
January 17, 2013