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Berlitz Summer Camp
by Allen Rausch
By Neversoft for iOS and PC, $4.99, rated E10+
One of the best things about the game development scene for iOS devices like the iPad is that many games now come in bite-sized nuggets that you can fit in whenever you have a few minutes. My Kingdom for the Princess (along with its two numbered sequels) is just that kind of game. You play a handsome prince attempting to rebuild a kingdom destroyed by a terrible storm. In order to do that, you have to direct your small workforce (usually one to three workers) to cut trees, clear rocks, build structures, and achieve a certain number of tasks all within a limited amount of time.
The challenge is to somehow figure out how to move your workers around and get everything done before sundown in order to build up your castle and expand your kingdom. While it helps that the graphics are lovely and the characters adorable, the real fun is the genuine skull sweat older kids (children under 10 probably won’t get it) or you will pour out trying to plan the optimum routes for your workers to clean up the big mess. If only real-life messes could be cleaned up in the 10 or so minutes it takes to play a level of My Kingdom for the Princess!
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