Royal Trouble: Hidden Adventures for Mac Review

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Spoiler Alert: this review does hint at activities and objectives you complete in the game, but does not explicitly reveal puzzle solutions.

Prince Nathaniel and Princess Loreen (no relation) have a serious problem. They have both been kidnapped by the Black Knight and are now haplessly trapped in his realm. In order to escape, they must work together to find a way out and maybe live happily ever after.

Royal Trouble Gameplay

Royal Trouble is one of those point and click casual games that seem to be so popular on the Mac store these days. For the uninitiated this means that the game is displayed statically: the world is hand drawn art as opposed to a 3d game you can walk around in. You move from room to room searching for objects to help you complete certain goals or move on to the next area. For example, the first puzzle finds you in a jail where you have to improvise a way to escape using only the objects from your cell, later in the game you attempt to repair a drawbridge using parts you find searching around the castle. Often you can combine items in your possession to make new objects that will help you as well. During your time with Nathaniel and Loreen you will improvise a bomb, concoct numerous potions, and even craft a fishing rod. But Royal Trouble has more in store for you than just clicking around the screen looking for stuff to make, no, there are  a number of in game puzzles as well: peg and hole games, sequence puzzles, even some very basic algebra puzzles are all on the menu here. If any of them prove difficult you can skip them without penalty. I seriously doubt you will ever need to though as I found the puzzles to be  pretty forgiving.

What sets Royal Trouble apart from so many other point and clicks is that game-play alternates between the Nathaniel and Loreen. They are dependent on each other for many tasks and have to work together to escape. A good example of this is when Loreen needs gold to bribe a palace guard: Nathaniel locates some treasure and is able to send it to her, even though they are in separate locations, allowing her to escape the area she is stuck in. This adds a little more depth to the game and also helps break up the storyline.

Speaking of storyline I really like the direction they took with the story here: Royal Trouble is a good old fashioned fairytale and never tries to be anything else. It’s refreshing to get away from the thousands of mysterious islands and haunted mansions that populate the genre, and just enjoy a fun story. This is a good one to play with the family: my wife and I alternated turns throughout and had a great time of it.

The graphics are decent, they occasionally look a bit dated but they get the job done. There are plenty of small details and each area looks distinct. All character speech are text, with no voice acting for the main characters. I mention this only because I did not notice it for quite awhile as there is a narrator performing the voice-over for the story. Whoever did the reading is a downright excellent storyteller. It reminds me of someone telling a bedtime story: the narrator’s tone and inflection are dead on. Background music fits the mood of the game and sits in the scene, adding to the ambiance.

Royal Trouble is not going to convert anyone over to being a point and click adventure nut, but it is well written and fun to play. It’s a great game to wind down with. If you have any interest in this genre, give it a whirl. I’m sure you will be glad you did.

Publisher: G5 Entertainment

Price: $6.99/£6.99

Genre: A Royal Hidden Objects

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Rating: 4/5

Pros: Clever storyline, puzzles are fair, has a skip function.

Cons: A bit short.

Spoiler Alert: this review does hint at activities and objectives you complete in the game, but does not explicitly reveal puzzle solutions.