ReignMaker: Saving the World One Tower at a Time. ReignMaker is a city building political strategy game with match-3 tower defense combat. Your policy decisions determine the fate of your city and the direction of the story. Your match-3 and tower defense skills determine the fate of the world.
User reviews: Mixed (178 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 16, 2014

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"Showed at PAX East 2014 - City-building meets match-3 meets tower defense. Pretty intriguing mesh, right?"
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About This Game

ReignMaker is a city building political strategy game with match-3 tower defense combat. From your capital city you lead your Kingdom against the invading Void Army that threatens all life.

Your strategy, tower defense, and match-3 skills will determine the fate of your armies, but the many political decisions you make as a leader affect the story and the culture of your kingdom. As your capital city improves, you will have access to more powerful spells, mightier elite troops, and better battlefield gear and armaments. Along the way you will also earn achievements, complete quests, and fill your Bestiary with enemies.

  • 50 towers across 3 continents.
  • Millions of story possibilities determined by your policy choices.
  • Deep strategy elements.
  • 4 cultural spectrums: Martial, Druidic, Elemental, Republic.
  • 20 spells.
  • 10 types of troops.
  • 12 implements of war.

ReignMaker: Saving the World One Tower at a Time.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard graphics
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Any
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Hard Drive: 700 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
58 of 70 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Okay, so I'm having a hard time trying to recommend this game, so I made the decision to not do so.

It's a match three game, mixed with a rather basic city building type of game, and by very basic I mean, click this, see if you have the resources, build, then job done! Not complicated in any way, very simple and easy to get the hang of, but it's honestly nothing special. Now on to the actual gameplay!

Like I said, the game is a match three game, so the main gameplay is just swiping so you get a line of three or more, but where it is a little different is the mechanic of the battles. On one side is you, which is a building filled with your gems/runes that you need to match three in order to use as an attack. On the other side is where the enemies will slowly encroach upon your castle, and it's your job to match those gems, be it horizontal or vertical to fire a spell at the enemy. You'll slowly whittle the enemy down with your matching abilities and the battle will be over and you'll be sent back to your village.

The combat isn't overly-complicated, and you will be getting extra abilities that you can unlock to help you along the way, but it's all simply "okay." And that's how I'd describe this game in a nutshell. It's merely okay. I'm not the biggest fan of the graphics style, but I can live with that. The combat is fairly simple, but it's nothing spectacular, and the whole village gimmick kind of makes you feel like you're playing a FaceBook game as you have to wait for your buildings to give you the resources you want. If you want to sit and wait and just watch that timer slowly tick down so you can get that extra little bit of ore, then you can, but I can't admit being the biggest fan of having to wait on real time to get something a little extra in a game.

I don't hate the game, but at the same time I can't say I like it either. Which is why I'm not going to be recommending it, because an "okay" game does not make it necessarily a good one.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Store page says: "city building political strategy game with match-3 tower defense combat"

That is a lie. What is more, that is an unnecessary lie. Yeah this game has some building in it, but it is even more shallow than Facebook games like "Hayday". Yes, this game has some policy options which does not effect gameplay in any meaningful way. These two things are not main part of the game, they are just spices to make player sure that he actually is not playing some kind of "Candy Crush".

That is also a lie. This game heavily resembles Candy Crush. Actually, if I were to sum it up, "Candy Crush with tower defense elements." That is not as bad as it sounds, since we all know about addictiveness of candy crush. Gameplay mechanics are rather solid, most of the weapons and skills has their own uses. Policy options are just there for the sake of feeling like a king, not a 3-matcher. Soldiers have their own uses as well, but Scouts (the elite ones) maybe a bit unbalanced since they are the obvious choose for almost all missions.

I got this game from Humble Bundle, which also includes Paranautical Activity, Stacking and Windforge. The funny part is I got that bundle for Stacking. But this was the game I played most among those. Why? It is addicting. It gives sense of success. But if u despise mechanics of Candy Crush, you wont like this game. This is guaranteed, It has more complex mechanics when it comes to battles, but the main part is the same.

I have two more complaints. One: Resource system is a bit unbalanced. You earn money by waiting, you can earn some infinitesimal money in battle as well, which has no practical uses. Every thing needs wood. Almost nothing needs ore. And you wont need food after you upgraded your town center to level 5. Yes, it should not be more complex than this since this is basically a match 3 game but if this mechanics exists I would want it to be more gamey.

Second. After all this time, (and this is actually the second game first being Tower of Elements) there are still some gamebreaking bugs. If you use some spells which alters the gameboard too much (like Landslide, Tornado etc), and dont wait it to be completed, some cells includes two different colors which is practically impossible to complete the chapter after that. If you wait after using those spells no bug is there, I guess if there is a restriction on using heavy skills one after other, the way it is restricted should not be via a bug.

But still. If you find this game cheap. Real cheap. Under 4 dollars even, I would recommend it if you like such casual games. Since it got me hooked, and I actually finished it with most of achievements unlocked, I feel obliged to recommend it. By the way, this game will be fun for achievement hunters as well since it has well defined goals. Just dont be deceived by claims of the game about being a political simulator, true successor of Sim City 3000 etc, and if you cant find a good deal, go online and search for similar games.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19, 2014
To be honest, if this were a $4.99 game, I'd have recommended it. I picked this up as part of a bundle, so I thought I'd give it a shot.

Overall, I found the concept fun, though extremely similar to free or $1 - $3 games on mobile store fronts, so the significantly higher price was a shock.

The graphics aren't flashy, and at times feel quite rushed.

The sound effects are very boring, as is the soundtrack.

Gameplay overall was what you'd expect out of a match 3 game, and it was fairly decent. The castle defense aproach, with launching spells through the air was a nice take on the genre, and the boss battles were a bit challenging.

The town building portion of the game was somewhat interesting, though I admit I didn't get too far into it to say how interesting it ultimately gets.

The policy decisions was a nice touch, and tbh I found that the most well thought out aspect of the game.

Again, if you see this game in one of the sales for a few dollars and you like match 3 games, go for it, but anything more than that seems over priced considering you can get a similar quality or significantly better game on mobile for free or a few dollars, max.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
Cons:
- Art style is not great by any means
- I'm only 2 hours in and on the 3rd boss and I'm already grinding for resources/triads/upgrades for my town

Pros:
- ADDICTING. The tower defense/match-3 combo is done well and it keeps me engaged
- The town management thrown in there is cool too
- The music is alright, despite some tracks feeling out-of-place at times
- The voice acting is really funny
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
This game starts out being very great. However, you will soon realize how simple the upgrading and unit systems are as well as the fact that once the playing grid shrinks down the game is no fun at all anymore but rather tedious. Not recommended.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2014
i got this game as part of a bundle.Its not my kind of game but it is a solid game for those who like this sort of thing.
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2014
It's not the best game in the world, and there are a couple odd things about it that I don't understand, but it's pretty enjoyable. It doesn't suck you in for hours at a time, but it's great to play a few levels, upgrade your city a little bit, then put it away until you're bored again.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
20.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 10, 2014
ReignMaker is a casual game that combines tile swapping, tower defense, idle clicking (gathering resources for upgrading your village) and even some light-hearted decision making that might grant you some bonuses.

There's some good potential in tile swapping / tower defense combo and I admit that some of the levels are pretty fun because the tiles are locked or corrupted etc.

The reason I'm still giving this game thumbs down is that I didn't enjoy the town building stuff at all. At the point the levels finally offered some real challenge, upgrading the town and dealing with the seemingly pointless decision making started to get annoying. There isn't enough stuff going on in the village to justify the fact that it's a pretty big part of the game. The village mechanics are very basic and the graphics are unappealing. It takes time for the derpy villagers to gather resources and research spells, and the only way to pass that time is to replay old levels again and again until I finally get the upgrade I need.

Maybe I'm just impatient, I don't know. Life is short.

So yeah, the game's mildly amusing, but the village business slows things down. Just my two cents, though. ReignMaker seems popular enough, so do give it a try if you can get it for a couple of dollars. (I personally don't think it's worth more than that.)

EDIT: The resource system is definitely unbalanced. You can hoard all the money you want, but there's not enough wood. No matter how many lumberjacks you have roaming about your village, there's simply not enough wood. I would get that if this was a micropayment game, but there's no option to buy resources to speed things up.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2014
This isn't a terrible game by any means - the overall design is pretty ok and the music is on par with other similar indie games.

ReignMaker, however, plays like a mobile game trying to be a full PC game - the gameplay just feels too sluggish and unresponsive with a mouse and the unnecessary time delay mechanics just feel tagged on - I kept expecting some freemium coin buying ad to show up to hurry things along.

Maybe worth it at a lower price...


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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2014
The game is is like most games where you match a certain number of a piece to clear it from the board but there's aalso the fact you do more than that like use it to fight monsters, recruit soldiers to help you as well and have supplies like food and gold like your free to play strategy games on a web browser...overall it's unique and an interesting by if interested in these types of games
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8 of 16 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
A game that truly benefits from not knowing what it wants to be. It's the turkey bacon of the match 3 genre.
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47 of 58 people (81%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
Interesting Match 3 game. Basically you build and upgrade a village to provide power-ups for the Match 3 combat game. Then you use the money from the Match 3 game to purchase upgrades for your town.

Occassionally you'll get popups in town about a random event and you have a multiple choice decision you can make. Depending on your choice you may unlock other power-ups.

Several of your buildings are for gathering resources - ore and wood that you use to build and upgrade structures. A farm to feed your people. A blacksmith to research new weapons and an armory to store them in. You use the weapons as power-ups in the match 3 game.

You can build and upgrade an Academy for spells to use in the match 3 game, A City Hall to hire workers for your buildings or as power-ups such as an Archer or Boulder tosser to fight off the encroaching enemy. And finally a Grainery to bring in more settlers.

Combat is a road map of towers on the continent. Once you win a match 3 game in one, you can advance to the next tower or redo a battle at a solved one to grind money.

In the combat sequence you have enemy forces coming at you randomly in rows. As you make matches in the match 4 game it sends out energy beams from the matched gems out into the enemy ranks of those rows. You can also use your archer/boulder tossers/loot gatherers/healers as power-ups to help defend the walls or keep your troops healed.

As you defeat enemies, they may drop piles of money that you can click on as you're making your matches.

All in all it's an interesting twist to your standard Match 3 game. All the standard Match 3 obstacles are there - as are the power-ups. Just that now they have to be researched from your village before use, and some unique power-ups like archers and such running around shooting the approaching waves of enemies as you make matches to send out energy beams to blast them away from your ramparts.

Other than that nothing terribly unique from any other Match 3 game - just its presentation.
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30 of 32 people (94%) found this review helpful
133.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2, 2014
True addiction.

Reignmaker is a match-3 style game with a compelling mixture of elements that never distract from the gameplay.

The main meat of the game is the tower battles, which see you matching runes in a tower to create elemental bolts to destroy incoming waves of attackers. There is a wide variety of enemies, most of which shamble slowly towards your tower, giving you plenty of time to pick them off. Levels offer a great deal of variety, whether in the set-up of the board itself, 'corruption' that affects your runes, and other maladies that you can either hire citizens to deal with or just power through. Boss battles give you a chance to fight somebody that fires back.

The game also allows you to research spells and craft items to assist you in game, and hire the aforementioned specialized citizens to roam your tower walls and assist.

If that sounds like a lot to pick through, well, it is. Reignmaker has an overabundance of options, but the learning curve (at least on Easy or Normal) allows you plenty of time to pick out your own strategy, whether that's deploying spells as a mage, throwing bombs and blockades in your enemies' paths, or hiring a big guy to smash everybody with rocks.

As competently done as the individual battles are, they were actually the part of the game I found myself enjoying the least. On top of everything else, Reignmaker has a city/resource management side to it, where you can turn your little village into a true city. This is the hub of everything else in the game, where you upgrade buildings and research spells and items to assist you in battles. Watching the city 'grow up', and the citizens going about their day within it, is quite satisfying.

Likely the best part about this game, though, is the ability to set 'policies'. After each new level you beat, you can travel back to your city and set a new policy that the populace is up in arms about. Some of them gain extra resources, some will create aesthetic changes to the city, and some of them are just for flavor, but ReignMaker's excellent sense of humor shines through here, and it's definitely something to look forward to.

Graphics are bright and colorful, though nothing really stands apart from the pack here. The design of the three main city types you have to choose for are brightly distinct from one another, but while there are minor differences in city attributes, the base gameplay is still the same. It has a soundtrack. Creatures have their own unique grunts of pain and death rattles, and some of the citizens have spoken (or mumbled) lines. The music itself is about what you'd expect from a game like this, pure background. It exists, nothing really more can be said.

Achievement hunters can rejoice as well, and maybe get a little glassy-eyed when they first load up the game. Reignmaker is heavily geared towards getting a whole slew of achievements right off the bat- I got 40 in one day, and didn't even play for that long. Later achievements can get quite grindy.

Overall, Reignmaker offers a great deal of variety, and encourages unique strategies. If you're a fan of match-3 type games looking for something a little different, definitely give this one a try.
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29 of 37 people (78%) found this review helpful
47.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
This isn't your mother's relaxed session of Candy Crush. Things get hectic during the match 3 based battles, and an added layer of spells, items and supporting troops with specific abilities makes it a much deeper experience. The varying board layouts and boss battles up the challenge, even for a match 3 veteran, and that's just at the Normal difficulty.

The citybuilding and RPG side are light, but a good way to break up the battles and give you options on what to unlock and upgrade. The endless tower mode keeps things going past the story and allow you to continue upgrading your city and unlock the top level spells and items.

FrogDice has really upped their game with this one, and support their products well post-release. I was a Kickstarter backer on this and played quite a lot during the beta phase, so I have a bunch more hours in this game than Steam reports.
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12, 2014
This game is just really fun. I wasn't expecting much here, but what I got was an entertaining match-3 style game with elements of tower defense and city building as well as a fun plot. It's a great little casual game that keeps pulling you back for more.
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2014
I'm a sucker for a good Match 3 game. Everyone needs a little casual in their life, right? ReignMaker is a fantastic choice if you're looking to scratch that itch.

To start, the game has some light city-building mechanics from the start. Pick a city with a passive bonus and then use resources such as wood, ore, money, population, money, and food to build and upgrade buildings that provide magic, weapons, defensive units, and extra resources to help build up your city.

Once you go into battle, you can use up to two additional troops you have trained to help fight. For example, you can use an archer and a stonethrower to help deal damage while you take care of the rest. Every battle has rows of enemies coming down the line (think Plants vs Zombies). It is up to you to match different elements to deal damage to those enemies before they deal damage to your tower. Every so often quests will pop up such as "Match 3 fire elements" that will reward additional resources. You can also use magic and items that have been researched/purchased to help get the upper hand. You will want to ensure you use EVERYTHING at your disposal. While the game starts out very easy, the boards become more complex and new mechanics get thrown in such as corrupted elements that will make it so nothing it cast once the match is made.

Post battle you are presented with an event that occurred while you were at battle. These events allow you to choose a policy or a method for dealing with the particular issue at hand. While some policies have an immediate effect, others have a small or a slow growing effect that become more apparent the longer you play. So far it has served as an interesting piece of storytelling and each policy is complete with an outcome once you make a choice so you are never left with a feeling of "so what?" Some events have be humorous, and others have been tales of love lost and found (and some deal with poop because who doesn't like some good ol' fashioned toilet humor?). There is a definite variety to the policy portion of the game.

Rounding all of this out is a thorough Bestiary (as FrogDice games are known for) that lets you see your foes up close and personal and a pretty decent soundtrack. The voice acting isn't anything to write home about but it serves the purpose. The graphics are, again, nothing to clamor over but they are charming and the purpose is served. This is a game that is all about the gameplay and it certainly delivers in full.

If you're familiar with other FrogDice games and have enjoyed them, you can expect more of what makes a FrogDice game worth playing in ReignMaker. If you are unfamiliar with FrogDice games but enjoy a good Match 3 game, definitely pick this one up. There is a level of depth in this one that I haven't seen in a Match 3 in some time. Icing on the cake: you can sit back in your chair and just play with the mouse; no need for the keyboard (other than to put in the name of your city in the beginning). Doesn't get much better than that.
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18 of 25 people (72%) found this review helpful
13.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 18, 2014
I've been playing this game since it was in Beta. I'm not normally a big Match-3 guy (more into MMOs and FPS, etc), but one of the reasons I have stuck with ReignMaker is that it has a lot of extra elements around the Match-3. The lite citybuilding is fun, and I like seeing how my citizens are going to look different after I make several policy decisions for the city. And making matches to have spells shoot out and kill guys attacking my tower is a lot more interesting to me than a puzzle game where I am making matches just for score. I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to add a little more strategy to their Match-3 game.
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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
31.7 hrs on record
Posted: April 20, 2014
I really want to like this game. The idea really seemed great at first.

But sadly the production quality is really low. Although the graphics as shown on the screenshot let you believe, that this run on any PC plus a toaster, it turned out that this isn't true. With my fairly old PC (GeForce 210, i5 760) I had to lower the quality and deactivate my second monitor.

Also, the policies are nice, but don't seem to change anything. The management of the town is also similar to a cow clicker: You start the production of a resource like food, then wait and get the resouce after a certain amount of time. To be honest, this wasn't what I was hoping for. Also, the GUI-design is horrible.

This game for sure has a lot of potential. But in its current state it feels like an unfinished product.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
I really enjoyed this game. I like the developers there friendly and offer advice when people get stuck. If you enjoy a match 3 game then your going to love this game. The graphics are bright and cheerful and the sounds are very good as well. The game has some head bosses but those are mostly able to be beaten very easily. Others take more planning and work.

The game does have an Easy mode so that almost any age group can play and have fun. Over all the game is just a lot of fun. After a tough battle you sometimes get to set policy on what to do with an individual you found killing birds to the Boss you just defeated. Should you really grind his bones to dust and throw them on a fire? I have had a ton of fun of playing this game. I would give it a 9/10 I really enjoy it. I almost deducted a point off because of a boss bug but they have stated that they will fix this bug in a upcoming patch and it can be beaten and passed as its an easy boss to kill.

Just as I wrote this up they have fixed the boss bug. So there u go great developers who care and fix things. Another small edit I have finished the game on Easy. I had a ton of fun beating the game and the ending is really fun as well. Will more then likely try it on normal next.
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31 of 52 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 16, 2014
It has the most basic of town building mechanics. It is very reminicant of the facebook games that take time to build the resource or building, for example if you want to harvest lumber, you would click on the lumber mill to harvest lumber, and it eould start a countdown timer until the lumer is ready, this seems like an odd choice for a game that costs money, and does not have micro transactions. Also the buildings placement and type are pre-defined, and the only choice you have is what order to upgrade them in.

The match 3 game part of it is kinda neat. Matching 3 in a row sends over bolt of magic a t advancing mobs, but it is more of a frantic rush of tring to find a match. it is more about finding any match then choosing matches to make a chain reaction.

The devs have made some updates to this since launch so thank you devs, but it is still not an interesting enough game for me to recomend
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