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.
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Very Positive (84 reviews) - 84% of the 84 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 18, 2013

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“Believe it or not... before too long, I was checking the clock and realizing I had spent WAY too much time on this game already... but I kept wanting to play "just one more level" - a sure sign that perhaps”
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“it makes you feel like you are a part of the fairy-tale, rather than just a player moving workers on a field.”
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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!


• 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 270 MB available space
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Very Positive (84 reviews)
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talgaby
( 6.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 20
Short version: 86%
The simple but cute fantasy fairy tale storyline really helps to keep this time management game interesting, despite its strict time limits and somewhat repetitive levels.

Long version:
Ballad of Solar is a time management game (mostly in the veins of the 12 Labours of Hercules series) made by Buka Entertainment, a real seasoned veteran in the casual game industry.

The game follows our titular hero, Solar, who valiantly works his way through cursed mines, forests, and towns in trouble, gallantly letting his servants do the actual work for him by gathering resources and using them to fix buildings and clear the large amount of obstacles in their path. And when they face something even they cannot handle, then one of Solar’s fairy tale friends (a peaceful ogre, sassy elf girl, wise wizard, grumpy dwarf smith) lends them a hand.
The trick is to do these tasks in a fast and efficient manner. As expected from the genre, the stages are on a timer, but there is a twist: each is divided into sub-stages with their own separate maps, so players always have to plan ahead.

All this work is for a noble cause, naturally, in our case saving the princess and the kingdom from the dark wizard who holds both in his clutches. Clichéd as hell, but the writing is really fun and tries to be as adventurous as a time management game can be, adding a lot to that final score you can see on top.
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Lilithiel
( 5.5 hrs on record )
Posted: January 17
Altough short, this game was really fun!

The graphics are lovley handdrawn picuteres and I was suprised that the game was fully synchronized. A pity that it has only 30 levels. I would enjoyed playing at least double of that without getting bored.
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Bluedragon2000
( 7.4 hrs on record )
Posted: January 15
A great game for the little one's with kids:) I got a granddaughter who wil love this:) Finished it in about 3 days (work included) and will play it again some day:) Went to home page web site & will play more of their games (bookmarked page) not a lot of blood & gore, & a great way to teach problem solving so it is great game for kids:)
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bakedbaker88-playing overwatch
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: January 4
have only started playing but its awsome
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Fart of Presto
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: January 2
Casual time management/strategy game.
Not quite as polished as the "12 Labours of Hercules" series, but still a fun little time waster.
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Thalatte
( 8.8 hrs on record )
Posted: December 27, 2015
Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're well done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game's option menu.

Gameplay

There are two different game difficulty modes to choose from: Adventure and Heroic. Adventure mode is untimed and Heroic mode is timed.

There are total of thirty levels in total but in each of these levels has sub-levels within them. Some of them has at least two to three sub-levels.

The objective of this game is to complete given set of tasks before the time on the timer runs out. However, some tasks do require resources (food and/or woods) before they can be completed. Also, there're certain tasks that requires the help from certain characters in the game. All levels in the game can be replayed for better score.

Miscellaneous

There are total of five different trading cards. You only get the three of those cards from the game. There are several ways to get the rest of the trading card: Purchased from Steam's Market; Trade with friends; Booster Packs and it's Booster Pack Creator.

Final thoughts, I don't think that this game much of replay value to it. If you're into time management games then you might find this game somewhat enjoyable to certain extent. I don't recommend getting this game at full price.
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SericaRose
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2015
There are a few reasons I particularly like this game:

1. It is NOT click everything in sight - you do need some planning to get the gold stars.

2. It does NOT require super speed reactions/clicks - there is a reasonable rhythm to the play, that is very pleasent.

3. The game play doesn't seem to get harder, simply variations on different idea themes. It is very nice to just play the game and not be continually challenged.

It is a CASUAL game (not really for hard-core) and suitable for anyone just wanting to relax and have fun. That means that it should work well for children as well as older folks - not just teenagers.
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PixelatedDonkey
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 23, 2015
Only if you get it on sale. It's a bit of a destruction while you are waiting for something else to do.
It's a story of a dude whose girlfriend gets "kidnapped" (tbh I think she just liked the package on the other guy) and he just got to prove he is alpha. Some tripe like that. It was kind of funny to listen to it and realize just how ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ the story was, so there is another reason to get the game. The end level was pure garbage, though. I was expecting something at least remotely interesting, but it was over faster than any of the previous levels.
Than again at least this game isn't dying light. I guess it's another reason to take a look at it.

P.S. It's not an indie game. Whoever adds tags to the games for Steam should seriously consider pschyatric help. Or at least better drugs. Same goes for many games on Steam.
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mevsimsalata
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 20, 2015
It's one of simple, easy, good and fun casual game also have nice and basic story. It took 5 hours to finish. This game won't dissapoint you. I bought it with %91 discount and I can say i did really really good purchase.
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diamonderikj
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: November 19, 2015
Cute little resource management game. The story was a bit cliche but I figured it was because it's aimed at a slight;y younger audience. Still an entertaining game for the ride home on the train from work!
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Kapilathor
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: November 18, 2015
For a game like this its a well made solid story, great game overall. I finished the game 4,5 hours after i starteded. I quick and fun, well rounded on difficulty management. Controls and mechanics are super simple to get a hold on. Never too old to play a game like this :P
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SmurfK
( 7.0 hrs on record )
Posted: November 17, 2015
Basically, clicking simulator. No tought put into it, nothing. Your only role into this game is to click on things in order for them to dissapear from the map. You click them, they dissapear, you get to the next level. And i'm not oversimplifying, that's the game. It's a dumbed down version of Farmville.
Voice acting is silly. I don't know what the "story" is about, as i didn't had any pleasure into following it. Probably something with kings and mages.

It's definetly a game made for phones/tablets and ported on PC. Can be ok for phone/tablet, for young kids.
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Illimitus
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: November 16, 2015
Fun little game for a price. The genre has potential, and one hopes that future games in the genre are stronger in the strategy department.
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ToMeK
( 12.0 hrs on record )
Posted: February 22, 2015
This game is really a point and click game more for kids then adults. The story is kid friendly and the content isn't really that challenging.

You don't die and there isn't much machanics to the fights. More of a collect stuff and conquer to play through the levels. There is a time limit and the only way for losing in this game is not finishing everything before the time runs out.

I would give this game about a 5 out of 10. If you have children that play on the computer this game would be good for them... :)
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kamiawolf
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 8, 2015
That was really fun. I love these kind of games, so it was nice to have one that tries a few things differently. Also liked the fully voiced story. Everything was very polished and satisfying to click on. I wouldnt pay full price for it, but if you like these types of games, get it!
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Bel
( 6.9 hrs on record )
Posted: January 28, 2015
6/10

First and foremost must be noted that I am giving this game a thumbs up because it IS 'easy'. For myself I found it to be somewhat dull, possibly even boring, however my 6 year old daughter loved it and played it all the way through. (Not in 1 sitting, but over a period of about 2 weeks during Computer time.)

Pro:
- Real release. Works and has little or no bugs.
- GOOD FOR 6-8 YR OLD GIRLS :D . Has a prince as Main Character with a Princess and kingdom to save, and monsters that can't kill you always loose when you 'fight' them. All actions can be done with just mouse clicking.
- Plenty of levels.

Con:
- Not exactly intensive.... Unless timers get you going....

Other:
- Dated
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LillianMJensen
( 4.3 hrs on record )
Posted: December 24, 2014
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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Shardelyss
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: December 20, 2014
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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Muir
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: December 7, 2014
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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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 20
Short version: 86%
The simple but cute fantasy fairy tale storyline really helps to keep this time management game interesting, despite its strict time limits and somewhat repetitive levels.

Long version:
Ballad of Solar is a time management game (mostly in the veins of the 12 Labours of Hercules series) made by Buka Entertainment, a real seasoned veteran in the casual game industry.

The game follows our titular hero, Solar, who valiantly works his way through cursed mines, forests, and towns in trouble, gallantly letting his servants do the actual work for him by gathering resources and using them to fix buildings and clear the large amount of obstacles in their path. And when they face something even they cannot handle, then one of Solar’s fairy tale friends (a peaceful ogre, sassy elf girl, wise wizard, grumpy dwarf smith) lends them a hand.
The trick is to do these tasks in a fast and efficient manner. As expected from the genre, the stages are on a timer, but there is a twist: each is divided into sub-stages with their own separate maps, so players always have to plan ahead.

All this work is for a noble cause, naturally, in our case saving the princess and the kingdom from the dark wizard who holds both in his clutches. Clichéd as hell, but the writing is really fun and tries to be as adventurous as a time management game can be, adding a lot to that final score you can see on top.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Game Visual/Audio

There isn't much can be said about the game's visuals asides from that they're well done. Pretty much the same thing can be said about the game's audio. The visual and audio can be adjusted in the game's option menu.

Gameplay

There are two different game difficulty modes to choose from: Adventure and Heroic. Adventure mode is untimed and Heroic mode is timed.

There are total of thirty levels in total but in each of these levels has sub-levels within them. Some of them has at least two to three sub-levels.

The objective of this game is to complete given set of tasks before the time on the timer runs out. However, some tasks do require resources (food and/or woods) before they can be completed. Also, there're certain tasks that requires the help from certain characters in the game. All levels in the game can be replayed for better score.

Miscellaneous

There are total of five different trading cards. You only get the three of those cards from the game. There are several ways to get the rest of the trading card: Purchased from Steam's Market; Trade with friends; Booster Packs and it's Booster Pack Creator.

Final thoughts, I don't think that this game much of replay value to it. If you're into time management games then you might find this game somewhat enjoyable to certain extent. I don't recommend getting this game at full price.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2
Casual time management/strategy game.
Not quite as polished as the "12 Labours of Hercules" series, but still a fun little time waster.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Altough short, this game was really fun!

The graphics are lovley handdrawn picuteres and I was suprised that the game was fully synchronized. A pity that it has only 30 levels. I would enjoyed playing at least double of that without getting bored.
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
43 of 49 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 25, 2014
This is a decent time & 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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32 of 34 people (94%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
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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12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2014
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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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 3, 2014
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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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
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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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2014
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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7 of 12 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
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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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2014
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 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
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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5 of 9 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2015
Basically, clicking simulator. No tought put into it, nothing. Your only role into this game is to click on things in order for them to dissapear from the map. You click them, they dissapear, you get to the next level. And i'm not oversimplifying, that's the game. It's a dumbed down version of Farmville.
Voice acting is silly. I don't know what the "story" is about, as i didn't had any pleasure into following it. Probably something with kings and mages.

It's definetly a game made for phones/tablets and ported on PC. Can be ok for phone/tablet, for young kids.
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5 of 10 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
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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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
Recommended
12.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 22, 2015
This game is really a point and click game more for kids then adults. The story is kid friendly and the content isn't really that challenging.

You don't die and there isn't much machanics to the fights. More of a collect stuff and conquer to play through the levels. There is a time limit and the only way for losing in this game is not finishing everything before the time runs out.

I would give this game about a 5 out of 10. If you have children that play on the computer this game would be good for them... :)
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Nice casual and relaxing game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
have only started playing but its awsome
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2 of 6 people (33%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
It's like a good facebook game, without having to plague your friends with help requests.
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