Review Rule the Kingdom
Rule your kingdom in RPG!
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 19 May 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Good management systems, combat is less shallow than some of its peers, unique team building and character progression
Timers are way too long
Rule the Kingdom for Android is a game that seeks to satisfy your appetite for anything RPG related. You’re a ruler of a kingdom who reports to the emperor. The emperor and just about every single villager in the game will send you on a seemingly endless amount of quests that you’ll toil through laboriously while you build up your character and kingdom.
To start, the tutorial for this game is really freaking long. In fact, it seems like it never ends because every quest you take has an indicator that takes over your screen and tells you exactly what you need to do. It can be really annoying when you walk into a town and everyone you see on the screen wants you to do silly quests for pennies. Seems kind of backwards that a king would be working for peasants, but whatever.
In the beginning of the game I thought there would be a plethora of things to do. You soon realize that everything has a pretty huge timer on it. For instance, if one of your troops goes down in battle, you’ll likely be waiting 20+ minutes to be able to hire another one. If you don’t have the resources then you can count on an even longer timer. Make no mistake, this game is all about waiting.
The core of the game is great, and the game itself would be excellent if it omitted the faults I listed above. For instance, you build a party and go into levels that are shrouded in fog of war, while moving about like old computer role playing games. You attack enemies much in the same way, but it lacks the depth of a CRPG because you have a very limited amount of skills to use. Boss battles are always fun and challenging.
Like I said, Rule the Kingdom would be a great game if you could spend more time actually playing it, and if it stopped holding your hand so much. The really fun and dynamic gameplay is brought down by long timers. Not my idea of fun.