Civilization-Building / Time Management Games Easier
PC (& Mac for I & II) 40, 99 & 106 MB
Timed, with No Untimed Option Walkthrough not needed
Premise for My Kingdom for the Princess: While Princess Helen is visiting her uncle King Sigmund, a horrific tornado sweeps through the land, destroying everything in its path and waking Firemouth the dragon. With all the towns and roads destroyed between her uncle’s and her father’s kingdoms, she is stranded… and that’s when she learns that her father, King Olgert, has become very ill.
King Sigmund turns to Arthur, a young knight, and charges him with the task to escort the Princess back home to her sick father, a task he takes on willingly (he’s a knight, after all, and that’s the way they are), even though he knows that to get there he must also repair the roads and restore the ruined villages that lie between the two kingdoms. (And avoid that fire-breathing, human-eating dragon!)
If he succeeds, (What am I saying? I mean when he succeeds, for he’s a knight and the hero of our story), King Sigmund will build him a castle. And considering how the Princess is gazing upon our brave young knight, he’ll probably get the girl, too.
Will you help him?
Premise for My Kingdom for the Princess II: It’s honeymoon time, our hero is now Sir Arthur, and he and his princess bride sail off in a ballloon for a private vacation on a string of tropical islands. Unfortunately, this archipelago is inhabited by Longbeard, an evil magician dwarf hermit, who destroys the balloon soon after they land, and kidnaps the pilot. How will they return home?
Luckily, the native inhabitants have one boat, which they will give to the royal couple if they will repair the broken-down buildings and roads. With no alternatives, they agree and all is fine… until Longbeard appears and kidnaps our princess.
Premise for My Kingdom for the Princess III: Twenty-five years have passed, our hero is now King, and it’s time for King Arthur and Queen Helen to decide which of their three sons will take over the running of the kingdom. A neighboring king has offered his gorgeous daughter to whomever proves himself to be the most successful, and our story now has a new princess! Each son is given one rugged piece of land for one month, and the son who makes the most out of the land will win the princess. To complicate matters, the youngest, Prince Andrew, is in love with the princess, whereas the two older brothers are conniving and greedy and see this marriage merely as a stepping-stone to wealth, power and glory.
Hints: The timer (in the upper left corner of the screen) doesn’t start until you assign the first task to a worker, so after you’re given your goals, click on the village and look it over, identifying where the particular ruined buildings are and deciding what to work on first. ~ You must complete all your assigned tasks, listed above the timer. ~ Check your resources (food, wood, and gold) in the upper right corner and choose your restorations according to what you have and what you will need. ~ Also keep an eye on the gauge at the bottom of the screen and take advantage of the benefit of your choice (an extra helper for 30 seconds, extra resources added to the ones that you are about to gather, stopping the timer for a minute, or having your men run faster) as the one you want becomes available. When things get harder, you won’t be able to finish before nightfall if you don’t use those bonuses/powerups. ~ On some computers, the bonus/powerup gauge is along the side of the screen. ~ When you have more than one worker, you can send the waiting one out running by clicking on his job before the working one is finished, as long as the circle around the job site is green when your cursor hovers over it.
More Hints: Until you’ve build a warehouse, your resource stockpiles of food, wood and gold are limited to 20 units each, so you must keep an eye on the totals as you decide where to send your workers next so they won’t deplete resources you can’t keep. ~ Sometimes there just is no more of what you need, and you either sit and wait as the clock runs down, or you quit right then and start again. In game three they added a feature to help you along. If the game senses you’ve been inactive, it offers one resource of your choice, and keeps re-offering it until you start moving your workers again. ~ Conversely, sometimes you’ve accumulated far more than you’ll need to complete the round. When that’s the case, don’t try to gather every resource if you don’t need it as you approach the end of the round; it’ll just slow you down. Leave the extras for the residents. ~ In the third installment, the Play button has been moved; it is now a triangle (arrow) in a circle in the upper right of the screen. ~ To pause the game, click on the menu button in the lower left of the screen. ~ You must complete the restoration of each village, and the road that runs through it, before night falls (that is, before the timer runs out). ~ If you finish while the timer’s line is still green, Arthur’s castle receives an improvement; if it turns orange, you can keep working but there will be no reward for that round. (You can try again.) ~ In the second game, the castle is really a cluster of houses, and in the third installment the castle is ultra-modern. ~ When night falls, the dragon comes out, and you lose the round and must replay it.
Still More Hints: As long as you finish before nightfall, you have succeeded in transporting the Princess across the village; but if you don’t, or if you want to do better and get an improvement on Arthur’s castle, you can click on the grey shield where a red flag ought to be on the map, and redo the round. ~ You can also stop the work at any point and opt for a redo by clicking on the menu button in the lower left of the screen when you’re certain you won’t make it and want to start over. ~ If you are aiming for the most successful outcome and the largest castle for Arthur and his Princess… when the rounds start to get more difficult you will probably need to play each round once through just to get an understanding of what the best strategy might be, then replay that round repeatedly until you reach the end while the timer is still in the green zone.
My Review: These games are easy to learn and fun to play, and are appropriate for adults as well as any child who is old enough to strategize. Their only flaw is that you cannot stack the upcoming work assignments serially but must wait until your worker returns to the home base before sending him out on his next assignment. I and others have found that the second game is more difficult than the first and third, and it seems redundant, adding nothing new to the mix. I would add that the plot is ridiculous. Therefore I’d say that you can get away with not getting the second one unless you like to complete your collections or you love the games so much that you want another.
My Recommendation: These are some of the most famous and most popular casual games for women, real classics that hold up even to this day, are still talked about, and are still the yardstick against which all subsequent Civilization-Building Games are measured. Even though the games that followed them have improved upon the format, the newer games are often more challenging — a good thing for experienced players but a problem for newbies. Also, it’s good to have a game that you and your children or grandchildren can all enjoy, and these are delightful and fun to play. They are often referred to as MKFTP, for short, and you can’t go wrong with these games.
You can try them for free, here:
For PC: My Kingdom for the Princess
For PC: My Kingdom for the Princess II
For PC: My Kingdom for the Princess III
For Mac: My Kingdom for the Princess
For Mac: My Kingdom for the Princess II