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My Kingdom for the Princess makes reconstruction fun

Posted on: August 19, 2009

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Workers workin' in My Kingdom for the Princess

What is this mess? My Kingdom for the Princess begins after a tornado leaves the kingdom in shambles and you’ve got to get Princess Helen back to her father. The point-and-click strategy game involves you and your little worker(s) cutting up fallen trees, fixing dilapidated roads and bridges, scaring away ghosts and renovating old buildings so the princess’ carriage can make it to the next stage.

Much like Nanny Mania, another clean-up game, tasks take different amounts of time and the order you build certain buildings and start processes all depends on your goals and what’s available to you. For example, if you know you have to remove a lot of boulders, build goldmines as soon as you can and make sure you have sources of food, since the process takes up a lot of both resources. This gets very challenging at later levels, where let’s say you can’t build a sawmill, but your goal is to have a 50 supply of wood. Uh oh. You better find a lot of trees.

Figuring out the order and priorities of each level is the most fun and frustrating part. The little workers, too, are a little frustrating because they can only handle one task at a time and must return home before being assigned another one. It’s worth the stress and the game keeps upping the ante. Just when you think you have the jungle figured out, you’re off to the desert, where workers are sluggish without a water well built. The game also anticipates your needs: Freebie food, lumber and gold appear on the map randomly and it’s a big relief when you need them.

If you finish the level before the narrator says, “Night is approaching,” you’ll be able to expand your castle and you’re not truly done with the game until you’ve built the entire castle. Bonuses, which are different at every level, help workers work or move faster, provide you with an extra worker or stop the clock for a few seconds and they are always needed. Believe me. Use them when you can, especially to fight nightfall.

Buy the game or download the free 60-minute trial [Big Fish Games]

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