Times of Vikings
August 6, 2013
Times of Vikings is another Builder Time Management game based on the theme of vikings. We really do not know what to think about this one, on one hand, the presentation looks great, on the other hand, the gameplay is not so great.
There was once a time where nearly all of the Builder games released are based on either Rome or Egypt and now Vikings seems to be the trend that is currently running. In Times of Vikings, the story is very predictable – you have to save the village, put the evil dragon back to sleep and find the missing runes.
Let’s start with the good aspects of this game! Times of Vikings has awesome graphics, they are cartoony without being too childish; colorful without being eye-straining and the scenes have some dimensions to them. The music is also pretty good despite the lacked of voice overs.
What really put us off is the game’s weird and annoying mechanics. There is a good deal of clicking here and some are really unnecessary or the developer just put it there just to chase off the players. For example, to collect the rent you have to send the Tax collectors to the houses first AND then click to collect the rent so collecting the rent takes at least two clicks. We can look pass this fact if the game allows chain task assignment which all builders really should. In this game, you have to wait for the workers to complete their jobs before assigning another one. This is a major problem especially in a very fast-paced builder like this one.
In addition, there is no difficulty modes or the popular relaxed mode offered. Therefore, all players need to cope with the limited amount of time in each level which can make to game incredibly difficult if you are not very familiar with this type of game.