Version Reviewed: 1.2
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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My Kingdom For The Princess III is part of a series of games in which players rule a kingdom by completing various simple tasks. Essentially, it's a Time Management game, albeit one lacking a few familiar elements. It's fun, too, even if it's rarely challenging.
A loose story explains how players must complete the game in order to help decide the next step for the Kingdom and who marries who. It's as inane as it sounds but that doesn't stop things being quite enjoyable. Across the 60 levels are various tasks that must be completed within the time limit (before nightfall) with much of the direction conducted by taps to send the workers to their jobs.
There's a lot of bridge and road building here, with fighting wolves and bandits also common on the My Kingdom For The Princess III agenda. This is all done through taps of the screen. Players tap what needs doing and the worker wanders over and does the relevant task, whether that be putting a bridge together or slaying a wolf. Strategy comes in the form of juggling resources. Each task requires a certain number of resources, such as food, gold or wood. These can be collected along the way but the time taken needs to be factored in. Different buildings can also be placed which benefit the player either through extra workers or extra resources.
That's the bulk of the strategy behind My Kingdom For The Princess III. There are additions such as the artefacts that can be collected in each level for a gold star finish. There are also bonuses that can be used to provide an extra worker or more resources for a brief time. Ultimately though, gameplay is quite steady and quick to master.
It's not entirely smooth sailing for My Kingdom For The Princess III with one noticeable flaw: there's no way to queue up moves for the workers, something that's essential for any successful time management game. This creates a lot of superfluous taps of the screen when it would have been so much more useful to set up a number of moves at once.
A lack of any other modes than the story mode also potentially damages replayability, although it will take players a fair number of hours to work their way through what's already provided.
My Kingdom For The Princess III is pretty enjoyable casual fodder, however. There's not a huge amount of challenge within the story mode, more a matter of keeping up with taps, but it's fun in a 'Switch your brain off' kind of way.