Jud’s Game Rating:

Graphics **** Player participation (PP) ***** Satisfaction Factor (SF) ****

Frustration Factor (FF) **   Fair Play (FP) ****  Tedium Factor (TF) *

Another Renovation game from the Producers of CHRONICLES OF ALBION, and TALES OF LAGOONA, this game is weighted a little more on Hidden Object sites, in which 3 gems must also be found to unlock sites, produce and equipment.  There are also Quest items, requested by customers, that you need to accept and also mark as completed before you can gain the necessary coins.

It is rather slow in loading between scenes, and especially slow from the Main Menu.  Also some of the HOs are quite small which is aggravating, although they do pulse after a while to assist your search.  Another thing springing from this, is that you would be wise to take note of the extra task bar at the top of screen.  If you follow the instructions there – eg ‘collect 3 items in Alphatical Order’ – you gain extra coins.

However, it is more complex that at first glance.  At the bottom task bar are Marketing, Farming, and Blueprint tabs which access various crop seeds; animals and their feed storage and barns; and buildings and locations that require renovation.  Make sure that, as these are unlocked, you scroll sideways using the arrows, as there is more than just what is visible on screen.  It makes a huge difference to the speed of your monetary gain.  If you don’t you will struggle on wondering why it is taking so long to get enough money to renovate.

Tip: As you near the end, DO NOT get totally carried away with animal/sheds/ and feed purchases instead of renovating the last item under Blueprints.  If you do you will lose your market licence, won’t be able to sell your produce, and will be reduced to multiple HO sites to grind your way back into the funds.  This will turn your SF into FF.

These things apart, it is a fun game, that you can go to whenever you have a free half hour to fill.  But be warned – it is addictive!  I bought it.

Jud House  26/10/2012

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