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Knightly Adventures

Knightly Adventure Is Awfully Repetitive

Knightly Adventure is awfully repetitive.

By Samantha Nelson • January 10, 2013

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Amid a sea of games trying to mimic Zynga’s Castleville, Knightly Adventures tries to distinguish itself by fusing fantasy-themed simulation with an action role-playing game. At home, your character farms vegetables for cash and builds structures that produce materials to upgrade your weapons and armor. Once you’re geared up, you head out on combat missions with up to two computer-controlled companions, who are hired using in-game money.

The missions are short, which makes them good for a quick break. You’ll want to balance carefully between risk and reward when it comes to hiring allies, though the game always provides you with an abundance of potions. Each character feels distinct, and they gain strength at the same pace as you, so you don’t need to worry about letting one lag behind. Unlike so many social games, you don’t have to spend real money or spam your friends in order to progress—those extras just make the path easier.

The big problem is how similar the missions are to each other. Whether you’re supposed to be gathering wood for the winter or taking down rampaging monsters, you’ll wind up wandering the same terrain, fighting the same swarms of turtles, frogmen, and weird-looking dogs. Worse yet, you’ll need to take on individual missions multiple times, both to complete quests and to build your character to the point where you can take on harder missions. You can always take a break by returning to your farm to repeatedly click on crops. That does not help.

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  • stakkalee

    Platform: Android.  YAAAYYY!
    Price: Free. SWEET!!

    2nd sentence: “At home, your characters farm vegetables…” BOOOO!!!

    • Effigy_Power

      Android game… why would anyone be interested in that? What’s the deal, Gameological?

      -wink, wink-

    • http://www.gildedgreen.com/ Girard

      I feel like we’re all living in the world resulting from the wish of some little kid in one of those “Be Careful What You Wish For!” fables who wished for a JILLION FREE VIDEO GAMES!!!!

      • http://twitter.com/Pangalore Pangalore

        This game might be free, but it’s awesome!

    • http://twitter.com/Pangalore Pangalore

      The farming part is a very small part. You mostly spend your time battling epic monsters or bosses.

  • JudgeReinhold

    Platform: Browser. YAAAYYY! (Facebook). BOOOO!!!

    • HobbesMkii

      I’ll bet it only tells your facebook friends every other thing you do in the game.

      • JudgeReinhold

        I assumed it required a Facebook account to play, so I just moved on without clicking. 

        • HobbesMkii

           Oh…you’re one of those.

      • http://twitter.com/Pangalore Pangalore

        It does not, actually. It only posts when prompt it to post and it confirms twice before you are able to post it to your wall. 

    • http://twitter.com/Pangalore Pangalore

      Yes it is on the browser via Facebook, but also available for iOS and Android without Facebook login. Do you have a alternative Facebook account for just games?

      • JudgeReinhold

        I actually have an Android phone, but I can’t easily sneak in playing a game on my phone at work. And even if I had Facebook, that site is blocked at work.

        But thank you for coming here to discuss the game with us!