Time Of Exploration: Its simplicity makes it instantly appealing.
|Time Of Exploration: A game of statistics.|
The game follows a simple format; your buildings produce resources which you can then use to construct additional buildings, and as the production of resources accrues in real time, it therefore makes Time Of Exploration the perfect game to dip in and out of for a brief spell a few times each day.
The object of Time Of Exploration is to expand your settlement, and in this modern day of flashy graphics and all action gameplay it's perhaps hard to explain just why I found it so addictive. If you were to show someone a few screenshots of the game, they might perhaps be puzzled as to how a few menus full of statistics (which is all Time Of Exploration basically is) could combine to produce such an addictive game. However, despite the games basic nature, there's nevertheless something strangely satisfying about unlocking new building options and watching your settlement develop.
You start the game with just a headquarters and the only building options are the tree feller and the stonecutter, but once your resources accumulate, further options soon open up in the progression tree. For example, building a tree feller then allows you the option of building a sawmill, so as you can see the options for expanding your settlement generally follow a logical progression.
|More buildings are unlocked as you|
progress further in the game.
At the same time, the simple nature of Time Of Exploration inevitably means that there's not a massive amount of replay value, but the simple gameplay is what makes it so accessible, so overall the developers have probably got the balance just about right.
Completing the game gives you a score (based on how quickly you manage to complete it), and at the concluding stages you're presented with a few alternative options regarding which final monument you wish to pursue, so the developers have tried to include some features to prolong the lasting appeal of the game.
Overall though, Time Of Exploration accomplishes what it sets out to achieve and does so extremely well, and at the time of writing it's a free app, so there's nothing to lose by giving it a try. Adrenaline junkies craving a fix of edge-of-the-seat excitement should look elsewhere, but gamers who are looking for something a little bit different and a game to enjoy at a leisurely pace, may find that Time Of Exploration proves to be a refreshingly pleasing choice.
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