Tucked away in the Indie Megabooth at PAX was a clever looking match-3 game that city building with action-based puzzles. Developer Frogdice has combined the disparate elements to create something I enjoyed playing.
Buildings in your town will give you access to new spells that can be used in combat and new troops that can help defend your town against oncoming troops. Along the way, you’ll be posed with decisions that will shape your domain.
Will you execute a captured foe, or will show mercy and set him free? Will you decide or allow a trial? Each of these choices will shape the way your town develops and what you available in battle.
The match-3 comes in during fights and follows the typical rules of the genre: line up three or more like-colored gems and they’ll be cleared out. The difference here is that creating a match fires an elemental blast from your wall at the location it was made.
Enemies will approach from different places along the width of the wall, so you’ll need to be mindful of where you make your matches in order to defeat them. There is a bit of tower defense flavor mixed in that makes things a bit more exciting than playing a casual game of Bejeweled.
Reignmaker has just hit Steam for $14.99 (with a launch sale knocking the price down to $9.99). The game will also be coming to iPad in approximately a month.