Adelantado Trilogy: Book Two
Continue your expedition with Don Diego in Adelantado Trilogy: Book Two. Realore Studios has brought you more resource management and building goodness in the second installment of the series. If you enjoyed Book One, what are you waiting for? Even if you haven't played Book One, you can still dive right in.
At its bones, the gameplay is nearly identical to its predecessor. Don Diego continues to explore lands new to him in search of treasure and survivors of previous expeditions. Click to place buildings, control your main character, and collect resources. Place buildings according to what resources you need, and don't forget to build enough housing for your workers! Chop bushes and look into pots in search of gold and other secrets. Watch for special magic stones that up your speed, strength or oratory skills... and try to do it all before your rival. Click on the portrait of Don Diego to focus the map on him, and click and drag to scroll around the map.
There are a few new elements and improvements to keep things interesting. Unlike before, the game saves your progress even if you exit in the middle of a level. Buildings can now be demolished if misplaced or no longer needed. Efficiency (or speed of production) of buildings declines over time, but you now have the choice to spend resources to restore efficiency back to 100 percent. The cost in resources can be higher than rebuilding, but you have to weigh that with the additional time it would take to demolish, rebuild, and upgrade a building. Keep an eye out for special altars that give temporary bonuses, and traders who are willing to make you a deal to get the resources you need. Other altars require resource gifts to unlock more lands to explore.
The game feels a bit slow to start out, especially if you've played the previous title. Once you get going, however, there is plenty to keep you busy, such as quests for helping the locals, and of course, treasure hunting. The maps are vast, which is great for exploring, but can get tedious when you have to run from one end to the other. With nice music and varied settings, plus the need to explore just one more region, the Adelantado series continues to please.