In a land of enchantment, torn by evil, a hero arrives to save the day! Guide Solar and his band of helpers as they set out to stop the dark sorcerer Grogan from achieving eternal life and to rescue the fair Lumina.
User reviews: Positive (40 reviews)
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013
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About This Game

In a land of enchantment, torn by evil, a hero arrives to save the day! His name is Solar, and he brings courage, bravery, and skill with a sword. No orc can stop him, no troll can trip him up, and no goblin can gobble him for dinner! Guide Solar and his band of helpers as they set out to stop the dark sorcerer Grogan from achieving eternal life and to rescue the fair Lumina. As you go, you'll put your time and resource management skills to work rebuilding towns, completing quests for friends you make along the way, and stopping the enemy from striking. Told with a laugh and a wink, Ballad of Solar is a colorful, challenging and utterly unforgettable adventure for all ages!

Key Game Features:



• A heroic adventure!
• Seven magical lands.
• 30 challenging levels.
• A cast of charming characters.
• Two game modes.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 1.7 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 270 MB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/7/8
    • Processor: 2.2 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 270 MB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: 10.7
    • Processor: Intel Mac Only; CPU CORES 2; 1.7 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 128 MB
    • Hard Drive: 270 MB available space
Helpful customer reviews
9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
This is best time management game I've ever played. Usually such games are just boring, but in Ballad of Solar, if you play on Hard and trying to get all gold stars, you need to think and react really fast and there is just no time to be bored. Well designed, lack of bugs, really good piece of code.
But also one thing is missing here: achievements.

VERDICT:
If you a fan of time management games, this is for sure one of the best! You can buy and play it, it won't disappoint you.
If you a hard core gamer, but you're in the mood to play something easy, just set Hard difficulty and have fun for couple of hours.
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11 of 14 people (79%) found this review helpful
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
While not at all what I had been expecting, Ballad of a Solar was an enjoyable game none the less. There is just enough strategy involved to make even the easy difficulty require some planning to succeed instead of just clicking as often as you can. The levels are also short enough to serve a nice distraction if you are just after something quick to casually goof around with. The graphics are mostly still images, but well designed. The plot is amusing and hits almost every cliche possible for the genre. While I was hoping for a more sandbox style town builder, I enjoyed the game enough to not regret the purchase.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3
Ballad of Solar is a very simple game with very simple mechanics, but that doesn't mean it's not fun to play. Ballad of Solar is an epic of a pampered prince who is trying to save his girl from the evil's of a wizard. The gameplay consists of 2 or 3 maps per level. Each map is a static board that has roads leading to objectives. Each objective is blocked by trees and rocks and holes. You need to manage resources to preform the task of clearing each object. More simply put, you click stuff on the map to clear it, then you move on to the next map. It's nearly imposible to lose a level, the storyline is all but annoying, and the voice acting is horrendous. However, the game has just enough fun to keep you ocupied. I am an achievement hound; I don't normally play games unless there's some achievements to unlock. I played this game to the end despite that fact. I picked this title up for $2 and at that price it's well worth it. I definately recommend this to anyone who is in the mood for a casual playthrough that requires little to no effort.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
This was very cute. The gameplay reminds me of the kingdom for my princess series. The strategy aspect of trying to finish all your tasks before the time runs out is fun but there are no consequences for not making your time limits. It jjust gives you a silver star instead of a gold star. It's a very casual game. I would completely recommend it.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Brief Synopsis

Ballad of Solar is an extremely casual "click everything until the level is finished" game. It's labelled as a strategy game, but really there is little in the way of strategy here.

In a nut shell, you travel from one level to the next. Each level has different goals to reach; once you've reached those goals you move on to the next level.

Long Review

Story: An evil sorceror has overthrown the kingdom and taken the princess captive. It's up to Solar (the princess's fiance) to restore the kingdom to its former glory and save the princess.

Graphics: Each character is drawn really well in this game, with loads of personality attached to them.

Music/Sounds: The music and sound effects are pretty good, though the voice acting is hilariously terrible. I'd almost recommend the game just because of the horrible voice acting (it's a great source of laughs), but I won't.

Length: I've played this game for just over two hours and have reached level 19 in that length of time. It should be apparent that this is an extremely easy game, based on this information. However, I do not know how many levels there are in the game as I can not finish it due to a bug which keeps me from moving on to level 20.

Replayability: Each level is scored by giving you stars. If you're a perfectionist (and aren't hit by the bug I've run into), then the game is replayable only to get full stars for each level. Other than that, it really isn't worth replaying.

If it wasn't for the bug I managed to find, I would recommend this game to those of you who enjoy casual games. Because of this bug however, I'm going to have to give this game a thumbs down.

If you want to take your chances, then wait until the game is at an extremely cheap price.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Some other reviews tell that this game is designed for kids, true. They also say BUT finishing every level perfectly takes some time, not true. The game is pretty nice and I personally decided to put the harder difficult on after finishing the first level. There were exactly 2 levels which I wasn't able to finish in time to get perfect result on first try.

The game also repeats itself pretty hard and bringing some new character into the game now and then won't really do much difference. It's more or less hovering mouse over your screen and clicking stuff now and then without much planning.

I would still recommend this game for right price because it's nicely implemented even though it's short and repeats itself. Graphics are nice and game runs smoothly without any problems. The current 7€ is maybe little too much for the game that you finish in couple hours and which have little or none replay value. But still, if you are less than casual player this game can be lot of fun.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10
A short casual experience.

The voice acting is terrible, but if you can overlook that you will have a good time. I finished the game in about 5 hours and theres really not any replay value unless you want to go back and get all the stars for finishing the levels in a certain time.

Overall I recommend it, just dont expect any grand strategy game. Its something you can pick up very quickly and is a very casual game. Probably great for children too. Grab it on sale and you wont be dissapointed.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Point an click story. This little title has something that keeps me coming back. Maybe the cool graphic style? Maybe the story itself? Maybe the gameplay? Maybe the ogre that draws in his spare time? Maybe the fact that i get to play it with one hand while I sit lazy in my chair? Maybe ... maybe you should buy it. Just saying.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
It's like a good facebook game, without having to plague your friends with help requests.
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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
Enjoyable game, casual, fun but nothing extraordinary. Good time waster, good for one run... buy it under a sale and enjoy.
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31 of 36 people (86%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
This is a decent resource management strategy game. Each of the 30 levels contains 2 or 3 timed sub-levels. The story was typical, but well-written. The game is not very difficult, so don't expect brain-bending challenges. There isn't much replayability unless you're going for all gold stars. It took me approximately 5 hours to complete the game, but that included pauses. If you really enjoy casual games like I do, it's worth the full price. Otherwise you might want to wait for a sale.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
This is a simple but enjoyable game with extremely basic mechanics. I would recommend it for children. Though I am sure an adult could find a challenge on the difficult setting.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 14
The game is so simplistic that calling it casual can even be considered generous. I debated giving it a thumbs down but even though it's simplistic to the extreme it's not overly boring nor tedious. Just click and move along. Some of the screens are very busy and that is what will lead you to miss the pattern and thus you won't always earn all the gold stars. But once you finish the scene it'll be so obvious that there's little incentive to go back and redo the scene.

Don't be fooled by the playing time as I left it up and running overnight so I could get the cards right away. It's about 5-7 hours of game play with zero replay factor.

For a couple of bucks and the cards, for those that want a brain dead extremely casual game you'll like it. For any one else look elsewhere.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
Artwork is cute, and the gameplay is tight and easy to pick up and play for what it is. It's a perfect diversion in small bouts after playing bigger games.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
Nice casual and relaxing game.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
Very easy game for kids.
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
11.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Great kids game not to hard and voice overs make it easy to understand.
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0 of 3 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Skip. Only my rule of finishing a game I've purchased kept me going.
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4.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 20
It's a simplistic Resource Management Game with a timer (and the timer is only there so you can earn better ranking for passing the level).

The overall story for Solar is your normal fantasy cliche plot of "white knight" trying to rescue his princess. Sadly there was almost a romance with another character other than the princess but that was a red herring that quickly went no where :( . If you're looking for a simple game to kill some time with, try this. (But only if it's on sale.)

I spent more time intentionally not earning stars because I like clicking resources for the heck of it (though most of the time it served no purpose to have extra resources as you couldn't bring it with you to the next 'mission").
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4.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 24
If you are looking to get instant gratification with a mindless game, this would be it. Multiple workers avalible for the faster clickers, but you are unable to set multiple tasks. Gets a bit repitative, but the levels are different enough to keep you engaged. Storyline is moot.
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