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 (87 reviews) - 85% of the 87 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”
4/5 – Casual game guides

“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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Overall:
Very Positive (87 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
( 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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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
44 of 50 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 35 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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 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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10 of 11 people (91%) 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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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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14 of 19 people (74%) 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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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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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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7 of 11 people (64%) 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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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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