Review Kingdom Come - Puzzle Quest
Another match-three RPG
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 24 May 2015, tested on HTC One M8
Let’s you move crystals around at any time, engaging gameplay
Very long animations, needless tutorials
Kingdom Come for Android is a game of good vs evil. You’ll use match-three and RPG mechanics to do epic battle against Hades and all of his evil minions. There are three characters to choose from, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Combat is turn-based and revolves around matching three or more tiles together. Gameplay is very dependent on planning your moves ahead because you can move gems around without having to make a match. The downside is that the enemy attacks every turn, so it’s not like other match-three RPGs where the game gives you a set number of turns and you’ve got an entire team to back you up.
When you first start off you have to play as the warrior, but as you progress through the game you’ll unlock an archer and a mage that you can take control over. Your character does level up and get stronger as you progress and you can earn coins that are used to purchase skins with. Skins also boost your character’s stats.
Perhaps some of the game’s biggest downfalls is how long battles take. There is an opening sequence for each fight where your character slowly walks up to the monster they’re about to fight. I’m not sure if this is to hide a loading screen, but it takes at least 5 seconds or more. It might not seem like a long time but when you couple that with every other loading screen it begins to add up.
Kingdom Come is a fairly enjoyable experience, though. I like that the combat system is actually turn-based and enemies actually had the ability to do some damage. It made things a bit more interesting. But the art direction, slow animations, and formulaic gameplay didn’t make the game as enjoyable as I would have hoped.
Interesting mix of match-three and RPG
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 12 Aug 2016, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, decent graphics, lots of levels, interesting game play, simple controls
Kingdom Come for Android is one of these games that combines a match 3 puzzler with RPG battle mechanics. You play a knight on the archetypal quest to save a princess. To get to her, you need to fight past all kinds of goblins and other baddies.
Combat takes place turn by turn, and the amount of damage you inflict in each go is determined by how many pieces you have matched. So if you score a really amazing chain reaction, you might nearly strike them down in one go.
One thing that makes this different from most other matching games is that you can make moves that don't form a match. It just means you don't hit your opponent for that turn. So you can't get into a situation where it's impossible to move. But a lot of your fate depends on the luck of having tiles fall in the right places.
Matching 4 together and so makes the usual sort of special tiles that take out whole rows or columns. But it's all a little static, if you're used to the firework shows you get in other games. Eventually, you unlock a couple of other heroes, with their own abilities and ways of fighting.
In the end, this is neither a decent RPG, nor a compelling match 3 puzzler. There needs to be more to integrate the two different aspects; such as different colors doing different things, or options on how/who to attack first.