April 27, 2015 in Gaming (E)
[prMac.com] Stargard Szczecinski, Poland - Anawiki Games is proud to announce the release of Avalon Legends Solitaire 2, a highly-entertaining blend of solitaire gameplay and kingdom building. It is the third game in the company's Avalon series, following up on the success of both Runes of Avalon and the original Avalon Legends Solitaire, which was released in 2011.
The game is currently available exclusively through the developer's website, and will be released on major portals and the Mac App Store in May. An iOS version for iPad and iPhone is also in the works.
"The idea behind the original Avalon Legends Solitaire was to take two things that have always worked well for us - the Avalon setting, and solitaire games - and blend them together," says Roman Budzowski, Anawiki owner and lead developer, "It seemed like a sure recipe for a hit, and sure enough, the game did well, so we knew we'd have to do a sequel sooner or later."
The sequel's story begins shortly after the events of the original game. Having saved King Arthur's life, the Druids of Avalon have formed a close alliance with Camelot and maintain a permanent presence in Arthur's court in the form of the Royal Druid, Mallard. A time of peace follows, only to be interrupted by a goblin invasion. With Camelot lying in ruins and Arthur away at war, the player takes on the role of Mallard as he seeks to gather resources and rebuild the kingdom.
Although the solitaire mechanics stick close to the model established by the first game, Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 introduces a great deal more gameplay in between the levels.
"After the original Avalon Legends Solitaire, we did another solitaire game in a different setting, called Seven Seas Solitaire," explains Budzowski, "One thing we discovered through that game is that players really enjoy building things, so we decided to bring that back into the Avalon world, but in an even more central way. Building is really the primary objective of the game now, and playing solitaire is how you do that."
By beating solitaire levels, the player earns the three resources needed to rebuild Camelot: Gold, Food and Materials. The player must then choose carefully how to prioritize his reconstruction efforts; the buildings are not merely cosmetic upgrades to the kingdom screen, but provide tangible benefits to the player, producing additional resources, allowing the purchase of power-ups and more.
Avalon Legends Solitaire 2 was a year and a half in the making, and the effort shows. There are 300 levels to play, 30 buildings to construct and a whopping 24 different power-ups to purchase, each with its own unique effects on the gameplay. The artwork is gorgeous, and all of it was crafted at 2048 x 1536 resolution, so it's crisp and detailed even on larger screens and Retina displays.
Based on their performance, players are awarded a one-, two- or three-star grade for each level. Three stars are only awarded for completely clearing a level, which can become quite tricky as the game progresses. There's no limit to the number of attempts a player can make in order to chase that elusive third star, however, so the game offers a huge number of hours of play as well as lots of replay value.
Based in Stargard Szczecinski, Poland, Anawiki Games was founded in 2004 as a small independent game developer, with a focus on casual games, emphasizing storytelling as well as game play. Anawiki crated games like Runes of Avalon, Seven Seas Solitaire, Arizona Rose and Magic Heroes. Copyright (C) 2015 Anawiki Games. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo and Mac OS X platforms are trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.