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.
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Mixed (196 reviews) - 66% of the 196 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 16, 2014

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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
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OS X
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard graphics
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: OS X
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Any
    • Processor: Intel Core Duo or equivalent
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: onboard graphics
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Any
    • Processor: Intel i3 or equivalent
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: discrete video card
    • Storage: 700 MB available space
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Mixed (196 reviews)
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MikeAkaJB
( 11.8 hrs on record )
Posted: March 28
Steam needs to put in a neutral / so - so rating. I do like the game for the matching and spell mechanics. However, the game can be tedious and pretty random. Since the boards can be different than just a huge square box, there can be times where you literally can only make 3 match vertically to damage the highest and lowest lines. If you don't have spells to kill the enemies, then you will lose pretty much all the time with no way to really deal damage to them until the board randomly allows you to match 3 vertical 5 times in a row. You think if there are spells to deal damage that would be fine only to realize you have to wait a decent amount of time to collect resources (wood specifically) in order to upgrade your buildings to research the required spell.

I've literally failed a map 31 times. Usually I couldn't get the spells necessary or the random board to do enough damage to kill all the highest / lowest mobs. When you have a board where there are only 2 gems on the top and bottom lines and you have 5 mobs coming on that line that need to be hit 2-5 times before they die... it's going to be pretty tedious. I'm still waiting on my wood to refill so I can upgrade and get the destroy row spell and hope that fixes the problem.

The resource gathering aspect makes it feel like an idle game that you have to babysit in order to collect your resources every 10 minutes or so in order to progress with upgrading buildings, research spells, build weapons, or high mercs.
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ep!c™
( 92.3 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
I'm just finishing last achievements and I'm done with this game (100% complete).
I'm going to divide this review on 2 different view points.

I love match3 games and at the beginning I fell in love with this one, simple but great idea, every match create attack (depends what you match). I was playing years ago similar browser game, there you had your character and monsters - every match was causing your character move with his sword or magic, this is really nice kind of game, which I enjoyed like nothing else. Here's additionally a city which you administrate, making it bigger, inventing new spells or special attacks, gathering resources, I have to say it's pretty well thought. But it was lasting only first ~34 hours (when I played half year ago), after that "long" time, the game is getting repeatable, so it's rather not a game which you want to replay more than twice.

I'm achievement hunter, since I started it, I can't imagine a situation where I won't finish it with 100% achievements done. There are a lot of nice achievements, but most of them are unlocking randomly just while playing, it's not bad... till the game forces you to play more than you would actually enjoy... some of achievements require unbelievable big amount of actions to be done... (like making 100k moves, killing 1k monsters of every kind or replaying game at least 4 freaking times! - for different politics chosen). It's not something to enjoy, after some time it's just getting repeatable and it's pain to do.

I finished already this game 7th times + infinite tower (not whole but 30levels), just because I made a mistake in politics and achievements didn't pop up... twice. If there would be "Mixed" review I would definitely use it, but since there's nothing like that, I'm RECOMMENDING this game as not everyone is achievement hunter, it was still great to play once or twice.
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Cr1ckt
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: January 19
Pros
- You get to battle enemy hordes by playing Bejeweled
Cons
- You have to battle lots of enemy hordes by playing Bejeweled
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Ashuroa
( 44.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 12, 2015
ReignMaker is a match 3 game with a bit of strategic city building and crafting thrown into the mix.

It's one of those games where I wish steam had a point based rating system and not this recommend yes or no. I would give it 3 out of 5 points then. It is fun, but not great and If I hadn't been given it for free in apromotion I wouldn't have bought it.

I think that the boss levels are too hard generally. Even on casual some of them are a pain to beat and require lots of grinding earlier levels to gather the resources you need to prepare for those levels. On top of that they are very luck based. If you get a bad board you are screwed.

So I can only recommens this one if you get it REALLY cheap on a bargain.
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alonweiss
( 12.3 hrs on record )
Posted: October 11, 2015
The game could be nice if it wasn't for the dumb resource timer. This gives the game a mobile F2P grind feeling.
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Dziurkacz
( 5.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2015
There are good match 3 games - Puzzle Quest (especially part 1) if you enjoy rpg elements, Bejeweled 5 if you want more puzzling less spells. This is neither. The game feels like a concept of a fecebok game - click on your mine to collect materials, it givs you 1 gold/second and holds max 35 gold. You can upgrade it to hold more gold. Sounds familiar?

The gameplay looked like fun, only to turn out to be imbalanced. You can approach a boss 20 times and fail, only to switch a lucky rock and unleash a barrage of bulets obeliterating everything in its ay. Sonds like fun until you realize that it has nothing to do with your skill. It's pure luck game.

Pick this only if you like slot machines gameplay: start a game: "nope, start a game - nope, ... start a game - aww ysss I am awesome!"
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styx971
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 13, 2015
seems like a good match 3 with city building elements at firs and while not horrible it getts insane to try n beat 'bosses'. it has some nice choice option but otherwise i can't recoment it for the price , maybe if it was 5$ or less maybe.
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Silly Sam
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25, 2015
Not a great game. Maybe worth $2.50.
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Stingygamer
( 18.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 17, 2015
Fun game easy to learn and lots of achievements.
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twilsonb
( 17.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 2, 2015
I like this game, but it's a bit grindy at the higher levels. Or you have to be really good.
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Amalzain
( 13.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 18, 2015
This is a Match-3 game with tower defense and minor city-building aspects. The Match-3/Tower Defense is an interesting spin on the genre - matches shoot bolts to the side of the screen, where monsters are attacking, so you have to make matches in the right positions. It makes the top and bottom really hard to defend. There are 50 levels, plus an infinite tower, and some are really difficult (and the game starts to get vindictive around table 40). The gameplay itself is fine, although the time-based resource gathering makes it veer a little too close to Farmville, and the focus on buying perishable defenses (defenders survive for only one round at best, and offensive/defensive weapons). Recharging spells are nice though, and being forced to choose only five at a time adds some extra strategy. It took about 13 hours, and lots of replaying earlier levels before I was able to finish.
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JollilyJime
( 18.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12, 2015
If you like Match-3 style games then this may be fun. I enjoyed the early stages, but getting further along the game goes from casual fun to plain tedious. Some of that is just the usual match-3 luck of the draw where the player's actions are not necessarily related to the outcome. I may also just be terrible at this kind of game.

The "city-building" and "politics" are largely tacked on. I enjoy the politics aspect, basically after winning a board a random (?) event occurs and you are given several thematic options on how to handle the event. Some choices might just give you some flavour dialogue, other choices will add decorations to the town, some choices will give you a one-time resource boost, while other choices may give you a permanent, though minor, buff to some aspect of the game itself. If you choose enough of a particular thematic choice your town will "become" that thematic element (nature lovers, republic, militaristic, etc.) I enjoy the politics and choices though they are just a sidenote in the game.

You may often find you are unable to make matches in certain areas, which allows the enemies that are coming at you to destroy your tower unimpeded. You can hire and bring up to two different unit types into combat with you, but I often find they rarely are useful in defending the tower in the areas where the player may not have much ability to. You can also bring in spells and items, which can help at times, though the items tend to be resource intensive, which is problematic when resources in the game are gained in real time. Resources also can, and will, hit a maximum storage capacity in the resource gathering facility, making it so you have to check in often early on if you want to be able to get enough resources to upgrade buildings and research spells and items, which also happen in real time. The resource aspect of the game is off-putting to me as it feels a great deal like a pay-to-win, mobile game, despite the fact there is no premium currency in the game, which is great, I hate games doing that, but in a full game it just feels out of place and tedious.

The game isn't bad, it just isn't good. I find myself going back to play every now and then, it'll take me a long time before I 100% it, should I ever, but I just can't recommend it. It is a test in patience more than anything a lot of the time.
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PR3DATORY
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 6, 2015
Game is Quite boring, should be around the $2 on the Marketplace, its practically bejewled
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Tanya
( 7.8 hrs on record )
Posted: April 15, 2015
You run a village and defend it from invaders by playing a match-3 game. It adds quite a lot of extras though like making choices about the future of your village, resource management and loads of spells/units/items to use during battles.

My only gripe is that enemies approach your castle and you have to match a square on the same row as them to destroy them. This is fine but the maps get a bit... creative, and it can be really difficult to match on certain rows. There are some maps that are diamond-shaped and the top and bottom rows literally only consist of 1-square. It makes it very difficult. Oh, and I think the bosses are a little too hard, as you pretty much always take a lot of unavoidable damage, and your rating afterwards depends on the health of your castle.

But mostly it's pretty fun.
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Shei
( 274.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 2, 2015
This is a great little game. I have had lots of fun playing it.
You get to manage a town, collect resources, and battle to protect your town from invading monsters.
The battle system is a classic match-3 style game, but when you make a match, it fires elemental bolts at the approaching enemies.
So Match-3 + Tower defense sorta.
You get money and resources from fighting, and you collect resources in town, upgrade your town buildings, manage your citizens, and make decisions on how to run things.
The decisions you make affect your playthrough and can give you hidden bonuses (like I have moved my culture enough toward favoring magical research that I just received a "discount" on casting spells).
Overall, very fun game. It's a good game to pick up, play a few rounds and put down, or you can easily play it for hours.
Definitely recommend!
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FetsMilazzo
( 133.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 30, 2015
Easy to learn, hard to master
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WorthyD
( 32.0 hrs on record )
Posted: March 20, 2015
I really REALLY wanted to like this game. I was really anxious to pick the game up because of the number of achievements. I though I would enjoy several play throughs to earn them all. After 10 hours, I'm grinding through just to finish the campaign to call it done.

The novelty of match 3 meets tower defense meets city builder wears off pretty fast. I've left the game running hours on end for resource collection for the city building. The "battle fields" can present you with un-winnable scenarios without serious item and magic grinding.

I think the game is just "ok" in too many categories and not really good in any one. I think the game would have been a little better fit for a mobile platform with micro-transactions.


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DaBa
( 20.5 hrs on record )
Posted: February 25, 2015
I do not recommend this game for a full price. Either get it through some bundle or buy it on sale for 50% or less.

It's not a city builder or a strategy game. What we have here is a match 3 game with a little twist. It has some flaws and questionable designs, but the match 3 element is solid enough to compensate. Apart from that, there is nothing more to add here, besides maybe occasional funny bits of dialog and pseudo story telling happening between the missions.
If you really like non-traditional match 3 games (like puzzle quest) you may want to consider playing this game when it goes on sale. I got 20hours (Actually, more like 10, since there is a lot of downtime in this game) worth 5$ I spent on it getting humble bundle.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
92.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 3
I'm just finishing last achievements and I'm done with this game (100% complete).
I'm going to divide this review on 2 different view points.

I love match3 games and at the beginning I fell in love with this one, simple but great idea, every match create attack (depends what you match). I was playing years ago similar browser game, there you had your character and monsters - every match was causing your character move with his sword or magic, this is really nice kind of game, which I enjoyed like nothing else. Here's additionally a city which you administrate, making it bigger, inventing new spells or special attacks, gathering resources, I have to say it's pretty well thought. But it was lasting only first ~34 hours (when I played half year ago), after that "long" time, the game is getting repeatable, so it's rather not a game which you want to replay more than twice.

I'm achievement hunter, since I started it, I can't imagine a situation where I won't finish it with 100% achievements done. There are a lot of nice achievements, but most of them are unlocking randomly just while playing, it's not bad... till the game forces you to play more than you would actually enjoy... some of achievements require unbelievable big amount of actions to be done... (like making 100k moves, killing 1k monsters of every kind or replaying game at least 4 freaking times! - for different politics chosen). It's not something to enjoy, after some time it's just getting repeatable and it's pain to do.

I finished already this game 7th times + infinite tower (not whole but 30levels), just because I made a mistake in politics and achievements didn't pop up... twice. If there would be "Mixed" review I would definitely use it, but since there's nothing like that, I'm RECOMMENDING this game as not everyone is achievement hunter, it was still great to play once or twice.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 12, 2015
ReignMaker is a match 3 game with a bit of strategic city building and crafting thrown into the mix.

It's one of those games where I wish steam had a point based rating system and not this recommend yes or no. I would give it 3 out of 5 points then. It is fun, but not great and If I hadn't been given it for free in apromotion I wouldn't have bought it.

I think that the boss levels are too hard generally. Even on casual some of them are a pain to beat and require lots of grinding earlier levels to gather the resources you need to prepare for those levels. On top of that they are very luck based. If you get a bad board you are screwed.

So I can only recommens this one if you get it REALLY cheap on a bargain.
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90 of 106 people (85%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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51 of 66 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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33 of 38 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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27 of 35 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
21.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
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 these mechanics exist 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 for free.
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29 of 39 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
50.5 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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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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24 of 33 people (73%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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19 of 25 people (76%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 24, 2015
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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18 of 26 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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33 of 54 people (61%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
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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14 of 19 people (74%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 17, 2014
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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9 of 11 people (82%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 10, 2014
This game brings more to the traditional Match-3 genre. While the main gameplay centers around that, it also concentrates around the city that you establish and develop while trying to defend different 'towers'. Your city, as it grows, helps you with defending the towers more easily, and as you defend the towers, you get more resources to develop your town. There's also a policy system with a sort of random story element, which also gives hidden bonuses depending on which paths you pick.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
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
Recommended
22.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 18, 2014
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
Recommended
52.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20, 2014
Give it a try. And get hooked. Excellent filler up. Best match-3 experience for me besides puzzlequest. And believe me, you need those extra power ups from your city. There 's no constant ideal mix of weapons, magic and soldiers. You need to adapt your inventory for the different challenges. Good game, great fun. Nobody pays me to write this.
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