Archaeologist Ann Windsor made more than a few headlines a few years back when she discovered a lost city. Fame brought her plenty of new opportunities, but it didn’t give her the one thing she really wanted: her father. Even with the spotlight on her Ann can do nothing but think about dear old dad, wondering where he ended up and if he’s all right. She suddenly decides to leverage her newfound notoriety and mount an expedition to locate her father. This time, she’s going to Egypt!
Chase for Adventure: The Iron Oracle is a time management game that follows Ann’s exploits as she travels to the desert and beyond. It’s your job to clear the path through several dozen levels so she can carry out her search. You’ll get rid of fallen trees, move piles of debris, and fix up the entrances to ruins, all while gathering and stockpiling as many resources as you can. Nobody said being an adventure archaeologist was entirely glamorous, you know.
Your main concerns in Chase for Adventure 2 are food, wood, water, and gold. Each of these can be found in piles as well as respawning resource points scattered throughout each stage. Simply click to send a worker to pick some up, wait for them to return to base camp, then utilize as you see fit. Most actions require a handful of resources to accomplish, creating a give and take relationship between gathering and spending. You can queue several actions in a row, and when things get really dire you’ll be able to set up farms and sawmills to generate even more goodies.
Each level comes with a set of goals you must complete in order to proceed. This is usually focused on clearing parts of the path so Ann can get to a spot on the map. See that ancient ruin off to the side? Get that rubbish out of the way so the archaeologist can study it! You’ll also gather individual items and assemble them into usable objects. All those tools laying around the desert can be put to use, but only when you’ve grabbed all of them.
Most resource management games start off slow, giving you just a single worker and plenty of time to sit around and twiddle your thumbs. Chase for Adventure 2 doesn’t do that. This game starts simple with just a few objectives and a few buildings to maintain, but it does this without slowing the pace to an annoying crawl. You won’t waste minutes on end just staring at workers doing their thing. You’ll click, you’ll queue, and you’ll stay engaged right from the get-go.
Chase for Adventure: The Iron Oracle stumbles a little bit with some awkward dialogue and less-than-obvious level goals. It makes up for it with fun collectibles, discoverable morphing objects, and core gameplay that keeps things lighthearted and engaging.