Review: Tiny Little Kingdoms (Android/Mobile)

Tiny Little Kingdoms is a mix of a board game and a kingdom building strategy game, in which you can create your very own tiny kingdom!

Pros:

  • Nice hand-drawn graphics.
  • 49.95mb download size.
  • strategy gameplay.
  • Has its own in-game achievements.
  • Tutorial pop-ups that can be toggled on and off.
  • Boardgame presentation.
  • full touchscreen control.
  • Upbeat soundtrack.
  • Can play in landscape or portrait mode.
  • Show a framerate option.
  • Big screen mode. (Acts a bit like zoom in on my Samsung S9 plus)
  • Two game types: Campaign and sandbox.
  • Sandbox has everything unlocked and no tutorial tips.
  • Game-You must place the initial castle piece and then you build places like woodcutter and then the needed sights like forests near the woodcutter to generate resources.
  • Has a Carcassonne feel to it.
  • In the campaign, you have set goals to achieve like harvest x amount of wood or rock.
  • Road network. Once completed you can then auto-complete the board or continue doing it manually.
  • The game doesn’t end until all parts of the playboard are filled in.
  • You get random tiles given to you as you play.
  • Treasure chest-Every game you get given a few random free cards to play. (optional)
  • Castle-Spend resources on particular tile pieces and the price increases as you play.
  • 3-star rating system for each level.
  • You can replay and restart any level.
  • Local high score leaderboard.
  • At the game end, you can press the eye button for a no hud screenshot.
  • Drag and drop control system.
  • Every run is randomized.
  • Clear pop-ups of resources being generated.
  • Very easy to learn.
  • Various map sizes.
  • Over 20 campaign maps.
  • Over 15 sandbox maps.

Cons:

  • No online leaderboards.
  • No cloud save,
  • Doesn’t have Googleplay achievements.
  • Save is tied to the game so if you uninstall the game you lose your save.
  • Difficulty spikes.
  • The initial learning curve on the later resource management.
  • Doesn’t say about the building only taking resources from 3 set locations so you can waste time and resources.
  • Tutorial text can get small and hard to read with bad formatting.
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Accessibility - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8/10

Summary

Tiny Little Kingdom is a game that is a strategy game that takes the appearance of a Carcassonne board game and elements of Catan. You build a kingdom by placing tiles and create resources with the buildings and placing the forests and rocks and rivers. Campaign mode is an excellent way to learn the game as it initially breaks it down on a resource by resource model dealing with one at a time then you build to two then add more in depth resources. Overall I came away really impressed with the game and loved how easy it was to pick up, how much gameplay is in there and just how polished it all feels, its worth your attention and will appeal to mobile and board gamers alike.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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