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My Kingdom for the Princess is a resource management game that tasks players with building up the poorest kingdom in the land to impress the princess. The game plays a bit like a more active resource gathering portion of a real-time strategy title. Unlike other "management sims" though, My Kingdom for the Princess is a very active experience, and thus feels more like a game than other titles in this genre.
My Kingdom for the Princess is structured in a very classic way. Players access zones which have levels. Each level has hearts that players need to gather before sundown to successfully progress throughout the game. Because these hearts are placed in difficult-to-reach places, players must clean up the area by managing workers to gather resources, repair bridges, clear paths, and build new structures to create an unobstructed pathway to each heart.
As players move through the game, more complicated sets of tasks need to be completed to reach the hearts before sundown, thus asking players to act strategically when it comes to dispatching their workers. The result is a game that pushes players to think about task priority and efficiency in a way that keeps the game from ever feeling like a pay to win experience. That being said, there are also upgrades and power-ups that players can activate in game with crystals that are slowly earned in game or can be purchased with cash.
The great thing about My Kingdom for the Princess is it feels like a great puzzle game on a mobile platform should. It requires real thought, action, and skill from players and looks pretty great to boot. It isn't the most intense experience, but it offers a healthy amount of challenge that makes it a great addition to player's game library.
If I had one complaint about My Kingdom for the Princess, it would be that the game can wear quite thin on longer gaming sessions. The task management system, while pretty cool, doesn't seem to have that X factor to keep me hooked round after round. That being said, every time I revisit the game I have a good experience with it.
Overall, My Kingdom for the Princess is a puzzle-y management game that looks and plays great. It may not be a must-have, but it is certainly recommendable to just about anyone.