From the same studio that brought us Candy Crush, Bubble Witch Saga and my all-time favorite Pet Rescue, comes something a little bit different, but no less exciting.
Legend of Solgard, developed by Snowprint Studios and released by King this year, is a match-3 RPG for iOS and Android devices which will certainly move boundaries. Honestly, we are used to getting amazing match-3 games from King and they don’t disappoint in that department either. I bet most of you spent (and some still do) hours playing their apps, and some of you are even veterans from back in the day when those were browser games. It’s enough to say that Candy Crush still earns profits from King and has been doing so for five years now.
However, Legend of Solgard has all the attributes of a King game and more. It integrates RPG and strategy into a match-3 game while using 3D characters and movements paired up with amazing graphics. The game’s developer, Swedish start-up Snowprint Studios had it in soft launch testing for a little over a year. They worked on the art and gameplay during that time and really did an excellent job in the end. And this was their debut game as well, so they can expect exciting things ahead since they did brilliantly on this project.
The game follows Embla on her journey to save the world and become one of the Solgard’s most prominent heroes. The setting is inspired by Nordic folklore and Embla travels through nine worlds to stop Ragnarok.
The gameplay has some elements of an RPG with turn-based strategy and boss fights that will truly steal your attention and let you forget your surroundings. And since you can play this title offline as well, this is a real treat when commuting or waiting for someone who is more than fashionably late.
While it has match-3 elements, I already said that Legend of Solgard is much more. This is more of a traditional game that perfectly scaled its elements so it would fit anyone, not just hardcore gamers. Meaning, if you are a Candy Crush fan, you might like this game as well. And that is exactly what Snowprint Studios and King were aiming for – to create a refreshingly new game for fans of their products.
The central goal is to defeat Mani, a moon god who is about to bring about the end of the world. You have your own army which you have to use based on their skill and strength to attack the bad guys. By vertically matching 3 or 4 creatures together, you create a larger version of it. However, if you match them horizontally, you will create a wall to defend your armies from attackers. You can make three moves at a time, so try to use them wisely. Assess the enemy and its fighters and then plan your strategy of attack and defense accordingly.
The more you progress in the game the more fighters you can add up to your army and level up. Pay attention to your fighters since every creature has a specific set of abilities that will serve you differently in battle. It’s important not to waste a powerful combatant on the wrong mark since that can sometimes even lead to lost battles.
When you’re not campaigning, you can try to earn gold by collecting bounties, exploring treasure caves and raiding dungeons in multiplayer mode with other players. Also, Hero Arena challenges and Boss Arenas happen several times so try to catch those if you want some extra fun and diamonds. The game is free-to-play, but you will have to take breaks to replenish your resources like in other King games. You can always spend real money to keep playing, but that is not what the game makes you do at any point. It’s your choice and that is a really nice thing Snowprint Studios and King did for their players.
All in all, this is one of those games that you will certainly keep on your phone to play regularly or from time to time. Since King has tried something different this time and was successful, hopefully, they will continue to surprise us with new titles in the future. After all, there is plenty of room in the King Games folder on my phone for more.