This was my review when it was first released. I don't play match-3 games very often anymore, so I just looked at this one out of curiosity.Funfilled Match 3 Mixed With Building BASED ON DEMO
Primarily, I guess, a Match 3 game, it is some interesting twists borrowed from the building genre. Some of these are new to my admittedly limited experience, so bear with me if you’ve seen it all before.
The Emperor is founding a new empire, which means finding resources, refining them and using them. As we progress we have more and more options on what buildings will be available, and each has a certain price, and will produce certain resources.
At this stage, the Emperor is controlling the building plan, so you must put up what he says, but we soon get alternatives that we can choose between. We don’t get to choose the site though. Buildings can also be upgraded.
In order to get the money and resources we need to build, we play Match 3. These come with the usual patterns and power ups, but each level is made unique by including different tasks. So, in one level, we must clear the tiles, but also have to get the ship to the bottom of the grid, then fill it with a specific number and type of resource by clearing these items. I’ve not seen this before.
Also, some levels are “Events”, where there is a specific goal. For example, ‘we need to get that whale gone, it’s eating all the fish’.
The graphics are colourful and detailed and very imaginative. There is a constant dialogue between the Emperor and his minions (skippable speech balloons). The music is mostly nautical and a bit repetitive.
There are achievements to be had, including some I’m not so proud of – going 3 levels without a trophy, for example. And each level can be replayed to improve your score.
You have the choice of timed or untimed, and even on untimed, I felt the pressure. The Match 3 levels seemed quite challenging, especially since they were just the first few levels.
There is a tutorial, which while it covered the basics, actually confused me more.
I really enjoyed playing this one, which says something, because I’m hopeless at these sort of games, and they are not something I’d normally choose.
Best measure, I ran out of time on the demo before I was ready for a break!I Recommend This Game!