A long line of great games gets even better.

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown has a hefty legacy to live up to. Previous installments in the series pretty much perfected the road-repairing, house-upgrading time management formula. What could Campaign for the Crown possibly bring to the table? Well it turns out, more of the same, along with generous doses of humor and well-balanced creative diversions.

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown is all about helping out the king. A character named Swindler has popped out of the woodworks, challenging the king to his rule. It is declared that something called an “election” shall be held to determine who will be the new king. After consulting his advisor, the king decides he needs your help to win this so-called election. Unfortunately, Swindler is one step ahead. He’s traveling through the land issuing false royal orders to tear down villages and tax the people into starvation. We can’t have that, now can we? It’s your job to rebuild the villages and restore the people’s faith in the king before Swindler wins the popularity contest!

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown plays like previous entries in the series, handing you the tools you need to build and repair structures while managing workers and resources. Everything can be accomplished with simple clicks of the mouse. Check the level tasks before you start playing, then click on building plots and choose which structure to erect. Maybe you need cabins and cottages that generate gold, maybe you need a sawmill to produce lumber. Either way, a worker automatically sets himself to the task, and all you have to do is make sure you have the gold necessary to fund it. Resources pop out when generated and can be gathered by moving your cursor over top of them. Keep your workers busy and your coffers shall forever be filled!

To complete a level, you have to meet the goals listed at the top of the screen. Level tasks in Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown range from simple “build X number of houses” to more complex affairs that involve repairs, food shortages, and gold quotas to meet. The goals usually tie into each other quite well, meaning you won’t have too difficult of a time making it all work out. Work as efficiently as you can to earn more stars at the end of the level, as each one counts towards the king’s approval rating!

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown

Shaking things up a bit from time to time, Campaign for the Crown features special stages that function as sort of mini-games along with in-level tasks that deviate from the norm. You might find yourself luring elephants around with carrots in one stage, then saving workers from a cave-in in the gold mine the next. Features like this really round out the Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown experience and make it stand out as one of the better time management games on the market.

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown employs a fantastic sense of humor that makes a parody out of politics, gaming, the media, and more. It’s all in good fun, of course, and the over-the-top news reports and outlandish events are easily one of the game’s high points. Swindler pulls some really nasty practical jokes during his “campaign,” but when things like hyperactive beavers are his plan of attack, you can’t help but laugh.

Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown

Polished and playable from beginning to end, Royal Envoy: Campaign for the Crown proves you don’t need to reinvent a formula to create a solid gaming experience. Easily the best game in the Royal Envoy series.