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 (165 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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August 13

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July 3

RESOURCE RAMPAGE: second free update to ReignMaker

We are thrilled to announce the second free update to ReignMaker:

RESOURCE RAMPAGE

In response to feedback from our players, we have significantly redesigned the resource gathering system. The core of the redesign:
  • You no longer need to order the buildings to work. They will gather resources automatically. Return periodically to collect resources.
  • Resource building storage maximum increased by 50%.
  • You can upgrade resource buildings even while they are gathering.
  • You can collect resources at any time, not just when it is maxed out.

For the sake of comparison:

OLD system:

  1. Go to building.
  2. Click one of the (+) buttons to put the building to work generating resources.
  3. Wait for it to be 100% complete.
  4. Return to the building to collect your resources.

NEW system:

  1. Go to building.
  2. Click the (Collect) button to collect however much resource has been generated.

Your buildings will constantly generate resources until they reach their storage max. The max is 50% higher than the old system's max queue amount. When you visit one of your resource buildings, it tells you how much is currently stored, how long until full, and you can collect (or even upgrade!) whenever you want.

Thank you for your great feedback and for enjoying our game. Please join us in the ReignMaker Community Forums to discuss the game, plan events and contests, and suggest potential additions or enhancements.

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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
45 of 54 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
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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29 of 31 people (94%) found this review helpful
133.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
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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21 of 26 people (81%) found this review helpful
12.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
I got this game in a bundle and it was the only game i was not intrested in playing turns out it was one of the better ones!

Match 3 / Tower Defence game with:
city building, upgrades, troops, weapons, spells and even has events that give you multiple choices on how to handle the situation that can help or hinder you. Allso contains a Bestiary so you can view the enemys you have encounterd and see the different animations like attacks and death.

considering i wasent even intrested in the game i am impressed.

i would recommend this game to any match3 fan.
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10 of 14 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 23
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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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15
Absolutely adore this game. It's a very interesting mix of games, and has mixed them all together extremely well.

The battles are the first of their kind I've seen and are very fun to play. The decision making in regards to policy feels very real to the game - I never wanted to pick a random answer to skip through, I always wanted to make the best decision for my city. The graphics aren't the best I've seen, but they fit very well with the overall style of the game.

I'm in love with this game, and can't wait to finish work to get home & play it.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Fun casual game in the "match-3" puzzle genre with a cool twist. You make matches to "shoot" a variety of ranged attacks on approaching enemies. Some enemies are more resistent to different attacks (minor void minions are resistant to void rune attacks and I think the turtles might be resistant to water rune attacks).

You can also use spells, weapons, and NPCs to defend your tower. You manage a town with automated resource gathering (a nice feature!), spending those resources on building upgrades, hiring NPCs, spell and weapon research, weapon inventory, and town population growth. Currently it seems that the demand for wood resource far outpaces your collection rate. Each farmer/lumberjack/smelter NPC hired will increase the gather rate for that resource by 1% (currently capped at 20%).

Wood, food, and ore resources accumulate in real-time in each of their respective buildings. Just don't forget to click on "Collect" to move the resources out of the building because each resource building has a limited capacity and won't accumulate beyond it. Upgrade buildings to increase the cap.

If you get too serious about gathering resources, this game can be a bit of a grind as you repeat levels over and over to earn triads (game currency used for equipment and upgrades) - so just relax! It's a casual match-3 game.

The game developers participate in the steam game forum - they're quite friendly and helpful.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
58.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Say it's addictive..
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13 of 21 people (62%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
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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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Fantastic combination of match-3, tower defense and city building. An all around great casual game!
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
This is a bit different. It's a match-3 game, and your matches emit elemental force beams that attak the monsters which are attacking the tower within which you're making matches. If successful, you earn money and other thiings, if you're quick enough to click on the loot and treasure left on the battlefield.

Then, it's back to the city, where you can spend your hard-earned loot on building up a city which will produce spells and items which, used judicially, can move tiles around,destroy one tile, destroy 5 at once, swap two tiles, etc. So, it's also a city building game.

It's quite addictive, and highly recommended for a tougher-than-you-might-think little action game, with more depth than you'd expect,
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
Really funny game.Unique.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
26.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
Ever think match-3 games are boring?

That's why Reignmaker is Awesome.
This game adds rpg, town management, and tower, er, lawn? defense, and makes a coherent, fun, sometimes irreverant and hilarious experience.

Basically, you start in a town that requires upgrades to expand it's production capabilities. You go to battle to get the currency resource, and the battles consist of the match-3 game inside of a tower, with baddies moving to attack your tower from one side, Plants vs Zombies style. As you make matches, bolts fly out to hit the incoming mobs, and bigger matches obviously deal bigger damage. Chaining combos together never had so much meaning in a match 3 game.

Town upgrades allow you to bring clickable weapons, spells, and a couple of soldiers (of all types, from healers, to scouts who run out and grab coins, to archers etc) to battle.

So, battle helps you build the town, and upgrading the town helps you battle. In town you choose what buildings to upgrade first, what spells and weapons to research, who to hire and so forth. Often when you win a few new battles, you will return to the town and have to make a Decision. These are mayoral type decisions that are often the lesser of two evils, or some other difficult decision, but generally, the answers aren't at all punishing and simply offer one buff or another. The writeups are really fun and playful.
The townies are 'cute' and often catch you off guard by saying things you didnt expect. "I, FOR ONE, WELCOME OUR NEW OVERLORDS" --freakin best Simpsons quote ever! Yeah I caught that! Sorry for the spoiler. moving on..

Some of the battles are quite challenging, and you will find yourself trying different tactics and mixes of spells, weapons and units to overcome a boss. Or the "O" shaped towers. Those are the worst.

Often I'll just launch and jump into a normal battle, and there I am, simply playing match 3, but at the same time I'm building up my resources and stuff.


If I recall correctly at the time I write this, it's a "drag the window to resize it to anything" game, so it's super easy to play in a window, which is nice if you're a multitasker like me.

There's over 100 achievements, a monster database, and other odds and ends to collect & achieve.



On a side note, the only negative I can think of is Lumber seems to be the bottleneck for resources. This is a game where some resources continue to build even when the game is closed, so many times I've launched the game just to gather the lumber even when I don't plan on playing.
So, the only negative I can think of is easily worked around through the natural mechanics of the game.

Seriously, if you play ANY match-3 game, I can't see why this wouldn't be at the TOP of your list. It's great!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
I really like the RPG Puzzle type games, this is your match 3 type, not as indepth as puzzle quest, but much more fluid like bejewelled, you make money, to buy buildings to buy magic, weapons, which make it easier to make more money that means better weapons and so on and on.

It's nowhere near worth £10.99, at best £5.

I'm going to rank this a thumbs up for the price I got it. (in sale £4)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
73.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Very nice game, got it via Humble Bundle.

Pros:
a) new and fresh look at a standard mechanic of connecting gems
b) City management mechanics + resource management
c) funny story - your diecisions have impact on your cuty / gameplay
d) needs strategy and thinking to get through - not just mindless connecting

Cons:
a) There is no steam cloud / no continuing your started game on a different computer
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 11
This game is a gem. A gem matching gem. Actually a rune matching, sorry. Great game with a lot of aspects: building, gear crafting, upgrading, hiring, researching, deploying troops. Sounds complex, eh? In reality ReignMaker is easy to understand. It's fun. Nice battle system, tons of achievements, casual addictive gameplay, challenging levels, that are (surprisingly) not repetitive. Also: BOSS battles that will increase your heart rate for sure. Puzzle Quest lovers will adore this game, I think. This is a second Frogdice game I heart. 8/10
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
9.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Enjoyed the game, played it to the end - I always like a "two games at once" game.

Despite the words "tower" and "defense" occurring in the description, this is thankfully not a tower defense game. It's primarily a match-three game (Bejewelled etc), with the secondary game being destroying monsters that are advancing towards your grid. Each rune (jewel/fruit/whatever) you destroy by matching shoots out a bolt towards the monsters, so you [sometimes] have to focus on matching runes that are on the same line as the closest monsters.

I was a bit surprised when things falling into a line of 5 does not have the special effect you get when moving things into a line of 5, but I think it's a good design decision, it makes the bonus effects more skill-based.

There's also a 'town' section for buying additional powers and tools, which further adds to the depth of the game. Unfortunately it takes a small leaf from 'social' games in having resources which build up over time in addition to resources you earn. Both kinds are needed, which means if you play the game through to the end in a few sessions you won't have accumulated enough resources to try out even half of the upgrades.

Missed opportunity; a boss battle in which you have to shoot the boss with particular types of runes would have been nice. I'd say wrong runes healing him 1/4 as much as the correct rune does damage, so that shooting wrongly is harmful, and the boss changing 'shield' color to the color you must hit with a second after each hit would have been a nice more-skilled touch. (Instead most of the boss battles were just "match threes as fast as you can, near the boss row, and it'll probably work out".) There was a boss that changed shield color and seemed to deflect shots sometimes, but it wasn't clear what the color meant and just shooting *more* shots protected you against the deflected shots so you didn't really need to figure it out.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
31.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
Pretty nifty variation of a match-3 game. Really similar to 10000000, but longer, sillier and with a lot more options/upgrades. GET IT IN A BUNDLE WHILE YOU STILL CAN, it certainly provides game time for value (not to mention the ♥♥♥♥load of achievements), and is honestly worth even the full price if you really like match 3 games.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Surprisingly fun match-3 rpg style defence game.
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