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Clint Eastwood called and wants his face back! Game won't let me past level 3, it is large in size & contains many permissions!
on November 7, 2012
I received a lot of comments and negative feedback because of my low rating of this game but I still believe it is a one star game. Yes I got stopped at level three but having a water tower location within reasonable distance I could not build a house across the street from a water tower. That is unreasonable game play.
The game takes 72.829 MB of space in the area reserved for books and other entertainment apps. That size takes the place of 84 books the size of Hunger Games and that is unreasonable. I would rather have 84 books than this game.
The permissions requested in the game are excessive and not required to play the game. They can be used for invasive purposes by collecting your device ID and phone numbers. This is a game and it should act like a game and the permissions are not required for game play.
The game starts with small text being read wonderfully to you by a woman in the story. By level 3 she stopped reading the text on my Kindle Fire and the text is so small that I almost could not read it. If you are playing on a phone it would be impossible to see.
My rating considered all of these issues and this is why it is a one star. Size, not enough help in difficult areas, excessive permissions and random behavior detracts from the games value and rating.
The game starts with a background story and the graphics are very good. You then get a map of the territory but only the upper LH corner is colored and open. This is a game in which you are building an old western town. The task list is located on the lower panel and well as a list of your assets, town population potential income and potential population and the game level. There is also a list of goals in the upper LH corner that you have to do like build a water tower.
You can pick up supplies that are positioned alongside of the road and begin building. As you complete a level you go back to the territorial map and a new task site opens up and it is your next step. You can upgrade your covered wagon, find and pick up gold to cover improvement costs. You have to hire workers to help build the town.
* More games - link to Amazon app store and the Amazon Browser with many games to purchase.
* Newsletter - asks for your name and e-mail address to subscribe
* New game
* Options - Sound, music and tutorial.
What I like:
The tutorial is very good and the graphics are outstanding on the Kindle Fire. The tutorial worked well until level three where I could not build houses but only buildings not required to complete the level. I was only able to build one house but the level required 4 to move onto the next level.
What I don't like:
I reached level 3 and then I was stuck. I was told to build 4 houses and a sawmill but unfortunately I could only build 1 house and 3 sawmills and a water tower. I could not get out of the level. I kept getting the message that I could only build industrial and municipal buildings. This is a complaint from another reviewer back on August 13 and it apparently has not been fixed.
This game is massive and uses over 72 MB of your memory reserved for books and entertainment items on the Kindle Fire. I know the graphics are good but what is the balance of this bloatware.
The permissions are excessive with full internet permissions and getting your device ID and phone call data. That makes me downgrade a game's rating right away and it is just another potential issue to consider if you want to have this game.
This game started out to be a real winner until I reached level 3 where I could not complete the goals as the game would not let me. The objectives were clearly stated but every time I tied to achieve the task the game would tell me that I could only do things that would not let me complete the level.
How could a game be released that will not let you get past level 3?
With the excessive permissions and massive size of the game I cannot recommend it to you. The developers have to fix their bug problem and ask themselves if they can't optimize the game to possibly reduce its size and not use the permissions. Even if the game would play I would recommend you turn off the WIFI and phone transmitter to avoid your children from using the links to the web to buy more games.
In its present state the game is a one star and that is sad as it could have been a 5 star based on the concept and beautiful graphics.
Size: Compressed the game is 65.4 MB and 452 KB are stored in the application memory and a massive 72.829 MB in the memory reserved for books and your other data.
* Storage - modify/delete internal storage contents
* Network communications - full internet access
* Kindle calls - read Kindle state and identity