I like this game, but it isn't for everyone. It is sort of a casual farming/building game, crossed with a solid matching game. Playing it seems easy, but you don't have a lot of room to work with and that can make it very challenging. It is one of those games that takes forever to play and you will end up losing an hour here or there, as you try to beat it.
The basic idea is that you have to match up pieces to build better ones, matching three or more to get to the next one up. You want to try and populate your town, starting with grass that turns into shrubs, then shrubs into trees, trees into houses, and so on. You can build all the way up to a triple floating castle. Sound easy? It isn't. It could take you hundreds of moves and a lot of patience to eventually figure out that you aren't going to be walking home with your achievements for that round of play.
The board being small is what makes it the most challenging. You have to plan out all of your moves and hope that the right pieces end up being given to you. You get pieces up to houses, as well as a match anything capable piece and one that can remove a piece from the board. Not enough? You can play on boards that have lakes and bears. The lakes take away parts of the board and the bears move around, but can be turned into graves if they are trapped. Graves turn into churches, then these mega churches. Mega churches can be removed, if matched, for decent value.
So what keeps you going? Besides aiming for the ten achievements, you also can play a side casual game. You match pieces at your main city, which allow you to build up military, farming, and industrial related pieces. The higher that your highest piece from each is, the better the payout they will offer. The payout comes from getting points while playing. This can be more of the in game currency (That allows you the ability to buy pieces, including some unique ones), more pieces for the regular game, or even more pieces for the casual game.
So basically the game is basically matching on a Farmville type game. Not the worst thing in the world and the matching is unique enough to keep you interested. I ended up actually liking it and putting in over 30 hours, until I finally got lucky and built the triple sky castle. The funny thing was that I didn't even realize how to build it (It takes 4 sky castles, not 3) and I ended up putting together what I thought would build it and then throwing a massive fit when it didn't. After trying three sky castles, I was about to quit. Then I got a match any powerup and it worked, to build the triple sky castle. I couldn't find this information anywhere, so it was frustrating.
The biggest problem with the game is that it could have much more content. The mobile version does, but apparently the Steam version doesn't sell well enough to warrant upgrades. It kind of seems like the better they made the game, the better it would sell. It is quite clear that they are a mobile game company that made the mistake of releasing a pc game that they never intended to try and max out. I would be surprised, judging by their responses on the Steam hub (For this game), if they ever updated it again or made another PC game. You should go into this game knowing that it really isn't much and even though it will entertain, it is unlikely to get better, even though it very much could.
Check out the game. It is decent. I would pick it up on sale and play it through. You may not want to play it again after you get the achievements, but it is worth a play through. You won't even notice how much time it is consuming, which is the measurement of a good casual game. It is worth a few bucks and it has cards to offset the cost. Why not try it?
Posted: December 5th, 2013