Royal Envoy HD

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Intuitive style gives city-building game wide appeal.

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Ease of Play

The game requires reading skills and strategic thinking. Players are tasked with rebuilding islands that were destroyed by a storm, which requires them to allocate their funds appropriately across constructing new buildings, and repairing and upgrading structures over time. Along the way, players must accomplish various tasks, such as increasing the island's "happiness" level a certain amount or building a specific amount of structures. Players will need to allocate their resources judiciously in order to meet all these requirements.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

This free version of the app is only a trial and ends after several levels. Players must pay for a $4.99 "unlock" option within the game to access the entire game. Also, a button on the main menu screen directs players to a page with other games for sale from the same publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the characters is depicted holding -- but not smoking -- a pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Royal Envoy HD is a strategy game in which players are tasked with rebuilding a chain of islands in the aftermath of a powerful storm. Players have to allocate resources such as money and construction material in order to revitalize each island while fulfilling specific tasks about what and where to build. The only questionable content is a character who holds a pipe, but since he is not depicted puffing anything, the contents of the pipe are ambiguous. Most of the game revolves around the uplifting theme of restoring functionality and prosperity to the island population. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Parents also need to know that although this game is listed as free, players must pay for a $4.99 "unlock" option within the game to access the entire game. The free version is only a trial and ends after several levels.

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What's it about?

Royal Envoy HD puts players in the unenviable task of rebuilding island after island, after they were completely decimated by a huge storm. This game isn't just about setting up buildings on every corner of the island. Rather, players need to be judicious with their money and ensure that every structural change they make to the land will not upset the residents. This game is unique in that this isn't about building something from scratch; it's about re-building, so the underlying storylines across the different gameplay missions are each different and interesting. All in all, there are nine different islands to rebuild, with a total of 63 individual levels.

Is it any good?

The best part about ROYAL ENVOY HD is that it can appeal to gamers of all strides. This kind of game usually attracts a crowd of more seasoned players and as such can be riddled with complex game mechanics and confusing gameplay controls. This game, however, has an intuitive style, with rich and colorful graphics that allows anyone to enjoy it. However, there are nuances and challenges that will present a worthwhile experience for even the most hardcore players as well. The story also does a great job of drawing players in and giving them a true sense of accomplishment after they complete each task. In short, it is a game that can captivate any type of gamer.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 11, 2011
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 167.00 MB
  • Publisher: Playrix
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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