When I first saw our main character, Jack, at the theme park, he was going on some kind of mine-car ride where they promised to send him on a whirlwind tour of a primeval world. The game gets kind of “Land of the Lost” 70s TV kids’ show kind, not that Will Ferrell hack of a movie kind, from there. So we have Jack of All Tribes, which did not turn out to be a Roads of Rome meets Land of the Lost, but something really fun and refreshing. Jack turns out to be the mysterious stranger that will unite all of the tribes of this primeval land together. You build new villages, add farms, libation counters, beautification, and even worship centers to the gods of this land. Each village has a new group of workers to manage, and new tribal chiefs show up asking for help and giving Jack gold for payment. Enemies show up, and Jack even gets a pet dinosaur that chases off invaders, but also loves his villagers so much, he takes them for dino-rides to keep them entertained. Despite its corny opening, Jack of All Tribes surprised me and became a really fun building simulator. Anyone who likes these kinds of games, which are very hard to find these days with MMOs taking over the bulk of the PC gaming market, might want to give this one a try. Read more...(337 words, 31 images, estimated 1:21 mins reading time)
In a casual game that has a very similar start to The Neverending Story, where an unsuspecting person obtains a magical book from a mysterious stranger, Abigail and the Kingdom of Fairs hardly resembles that movie at all. The cute antique shop owner even tells Abigail that if she likes the book, she has to have a coffee date with him. Abigail agrees, and takes the book with her. Abigail starts reading the jewel-decorated tome at home after work, and next thing she knows, she’s overlooking what looks like a fairytale village and talking to a giant pink bat. This magical bat fixes Abigail’s clothes so she fits in, and tells her she has an assignment. She has been chosen to help the kingdom rebuild its reputation as place that holds the best magical fairs on the planet. This is where the building begins, and it is not easy. There are attractions, shops, and even a magic school to train the oracles and other magical people that work the fairs. Not only does she have to build the fairs attractions, she has to upgrade them, keep ogres away from destroying them, and keep the magic students happy so they will keep studying. Each new level in the game brings new assignments, and you will wonder if Abigail ever gets to keep her date, or if she even likes the books, since the silly bat keeps her so busy. Abigail and the Kingdom of Fairs is a pretty fun game as a builder, but can be frustrating when trying to keep track of everything going on in the little fairground on your screen. It’s a nice diversion of a builder game, and it really keeps you alert.