Puzzle Craft 2

Puzzle Craft 2

Castle upgrade

When you are in it for the long haul , you can find a game isn’t what is was and becomes something totally different. Puzzle Craft 2 , at this stage, is less about the puzzle boards and very much more about strategy and meeting the challenges of the game as effectively as I can. The boards are playing out differently because I have to mainly pay runes to open very important chests. Sometimes I can open them with the challenge for the chest but that is not often the case even when I try my hardest! I have upgraded the castle several times now to get the extra tools benefits. That certainly makes a difference but I have to ensure I have the resources to make the extra tools. This is proving to be quite hard now I have passed the upgrade in the picture and am onto the next one. It requires such vast quantities of critical resources that balancing that all out to allow myself to keep playing the game is an interesting test of my thinking skills. At one stage with the castle upgrades I invested in workers because that simplified the collection of resources for me. Never underestimate the value of workers. I have had to think about which ones too. Just buying any workers is not helpful. I have to think about  which ones will help me progress in the game. I have to check the almanac too. Information about plants and animals is important when you want to gain more points or fight the swamp or moles.

I haven’t worked out what the blocked board is about. Only that it comes out of nowhere very suddenly, takes the whole board and replaces  it and there is a message of congratulations which is never there long enough so I can read it! The blocked board totally upends my cognitive flow, annoys me no end and then I am forced to just let it go and get on with the board I am given. There is never any feeling on my part the board is blocked and I should have thought I’d be the one to decide that and have a way of unblocking it. It’s aggressive play on the game’s part to make me a victim like when I first encountered the pirate ship and had to deal with that as a victim and fall foul of it. Not any more ! I have cannons!! I  have also done the castle upgrades to get MORE cannons.

Bit by bit I am achieving all the animals and plants. Bit by bit I am achieving all the awards. I shall never completely finish the game because I won’t be doing the royal challenges where I have to network the game. I have networked 3 other farm games and then all fell apart either because people are very mean, self centred players or because I have had things stolen. Lesson learned. Meanwhile, I have hundreds of resources to collect and a cave painting to find so I can continue on…

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Puzzle Craft 2

puzzle craft 2

What am I supposed to do with a board like that? I had to collect lemons for a challenge but I didn’t need lemons to gain access to the next fruit. I needed to collect cattle so I could get horses. It means I should have set the board up to get more fruit but I set it up for animals so I could achieve the cattle and then the horses. The puzzle boards in the last village often pose problems like this. The biggest challenge is working out which villages to use to maximise collecting resources so I can achieve what needs to be achieved. I have to collect silver chests in the first village. They can come up or I can pay 400 coins and maybe not get the items for the collection. it is not that easy to make game coins at moment but I am getting better at it by working other villages. I am using the water game in the village which doesn’t bring up storms, sharks and pirates so I can conserve game coins! The pirate board just sucks up the game coins as does this farm in the last village by always bringing out the rats or cluttering the board so I have to use tools to get out of a bind. The game limits tools so I have to use brains and strategy to overcome the issues and challenges. I was building up gems so I could get the strawberry and I did ,only to find out I can’t really happily use it in the game because I now have to collect jack fruit. The vegan answer to meat. Why? Jack fruit make rats appear. Then they allow me to achieve another fruit which is very attractive to rats. Who, in their right mind would want to be doing that? I’d rather have strawberries…but then I won’t progress in the game. At his stage I just have to meet the challenges and try to get the other animals, vegetables , fruit and mounts. Not easy but that’s the point. I have to think how I am going to do that. Meanwhile ,I have no idea why. My tools were all packed into a galleon to be taken off somewhere. In the other villages they were packed up and I did custom puzzle boards to get to the next village. I have just been told to work on collections and resources. Have no idea where I am going ! I’ll find out. I have the castle ready to upgrade but the silver chests in the first village have given me some great treasures but not all the collection items as yet. Shall I pay 400 game coins a pop for them? I have always worked that first village. It is wonderfully simple and it doesn’t matter what is on the board . It is always dealt with quickly and I get a sense of being able to do something without having to break my head like with the puzzle board featured in the post. Some of the puzzles really push me to think hard. Like trading. I have to think about the trading according to what resources I will lose on the trade or whether I can make game coins out of the trade. I’d love to be able to trade things from the other villages. I have over 400 eggs in my first village and I can only sell a few at a time and they are not used up in producing tools in this village. I want to trade them! Trading is limited to the last village and then only certain items are traded. Sometimes I’d like to be able to choose so I can get rid of the gluts. It’s not always an issue because more often than not I am running short of things to produce enough tools. I use my other villages to help buffer the production blow on tools at this level of the game. I am hoping to get my new castle soon…and be able to eat lots of strawberries!

Puzzle Craft 2

I hate the pirate ship! When you go onto that water puzzle you have to be prepared to lose money and not necessarily achieve your aims. It means you won’t get the resources you need.

puzzle craft 2

The pirate ship pops up and makes horrible noises, moves really quickly and is hard to defeat because there is no clear way of doing that. I might work it out eventually but in the mean time I shall just hate its unpredictability, noise and negative impact on the board. It makes it unpleasant. The swamp board in the previous village is at least quiet as it sucks up my  game money and resources. I regularly lose about $2000 coins trying to get anywhere on the swamp farm board. It’s all relative , though. I now find that easier than this new pirate one I have to deal with. My reaction is to go to those boards once a day, hold my breath, know I am not going to like any of it and not even care if I do well somehow by magic. The swamp board has really made me pay attention. The swamp can operate by stealth as your eyes are distracted by wiggly animals or wolves and rats popping up.

It’s not all bad. I am actually up to Level 108 today and so it’s an indication I love this game  and have persisted with it. I reached the new village earlier in the week and that was a major achievement. I had had to really work hard on getting  the resources I needed to get there. Every time there is a new village the game undergoes a big change and I have to rethink my strategies. I am working out how to get resources to run things, how to make money, how to get runes, how to get workers, the next animals and plants and so on. There is a lot to manage and think about. It is always changing and so you have to adapt and become more flexible in your thinking.

The graphics are excellent. I love the parrots, the ships, the amazing flying golden rams and the swamp clearers which don’t actually clear swamp at all!! There is some wonderfully detailed graphic artwork in the game and sometimes I wish I could play it on my big screen so I could appreciate the detail better.

Puzzle Craft 2 is very challenging. For the most part it is good challenging and then it throws a curved ball at you like the pirate ships and forces you to deal with it…or not. I don’t like it! As far as I am concerned it wrecks that board, but then again, so would pirates. I have to determine how to proceed so I am not overwhelmed by something which is , frankly, disturbing. It’s aggressive. That’s what I don’t like about it but the game supports you and challenges you and then makes you take risks and get out of your comfort zone. The fall back position is to go off into other villages and onto other boards to get a break and so something more positive and productive.

It will take me quite some time to finish this last village by the sea. It has been a great game which diverts me but also keeps my neuroplasticity in good form.

 

Puzzle Craft 2

Puzzle Craft 2I am nearly up to level 100 on this game . It is fun, challenging and really makes me think. You cannot solve things in 5 minutes and you really have to work on strategy across the 5 villages at this level. I have to get a blackberry to be able to progress to the new and last village. You cannot bash and smash your way through this game. You cannot buy your way out and you cannot take the easy road. You have to work with your brain to sort though the possibilities and work out a way of achieving what you are focused on at that point. I work all the villages at different times because some bring resources I need, some rewards, some build up the points levels and then the main village is where I am still trying to complete all the buildings to move on. That and the blackberry. It is a great game for people who like lots of challenges and who like to puzzle! The swamp is awful. No matter how much you install swamp cleaners it never improves. That icky stuff still gets you and your resources. It makes you realise you can be totally inattentive at times . While you are looking at one thing , you don’t notice the swamp is claiming another. Ditto the moles in the mine. They are horrible. My solution now , since I have more money, is just to blow them up because they can really wreck your board when you are trying to get resources in the mine. I don’t think I’ll ever collect all the moose because of the swamp, but then again, there are other things I thought I’d never do in this game and I end up thinking my way through. The game plays with you. It will reward you generously for trying your hardest and achieving something good and it will force you to reshape your approach so that you are more successful in your strategies. I love the water puzzles. At this level they bring some interesting configurations you have to manage but the opportunities are there to apply yourself. The graphics in the game are really good. Much thought has gone into the images, the characterisation and effective visual literacy. That’s the thing. You do have to pay attention. You do have to notice and you do have to read the information about the plants and animals so that you can devise ways and means of progressing. In this game research is important and you have to manipulate the data you have to get good outcomes. I am now regularly getting the  tools from the magic portal so that has been helping a lot. You have to build up those points so that you can. I have also liked seeing the videos of what other games there are on the iPad. It is one way you can get some free rewards but it is also a way of seeing how much the iPad games graphics have improved and the selections of games. This game has just got better and better the more I have played it. I have never felt like I am doing the same ol’ same ol’ and I have never felt like it is too easy or too hard. There is a good balance. There is also an opportunity to work it out for yourself. Some things in the game are just there and are not explained. It is not a nanny game. It makes you stand on your own two feet and think for yourself. Sometimes you just have to work out for yourself how to get something for get rid of something. I like that. There is no easy fix because I have a brain and I can use it. Love that approach in this game.

Puzzle Craft 2

Puzzle Craft 2I love this game. It is very demanding in a good way. You have to think, plan and puzzle. I have four villages now and the fourth one added such a good level of complexity that it really put the game into a whole new arena which created an even better use and development of cognitive skills. It’s rewarding. When you achieve something, you really feel like you have achieved it. I have been confronted more than once with those awful weeds. Every time I nail them there is a great feeling of satisfaction. With the wolves it’s the challenge of getting rid of them without resorting to shooting them. With the rats…mostly I ignore them. It is good to be at the bit where I can collect them with grass. The fourth village has brought me a water puzzle game. At first it seems to be as bizarre as anything . Yes, you have to use your brain to get it going and to understand it. I still don’t really know what it’s about. I just do it and follow my instinct and that seems to be working. It’s a bit addictive catching fish and locating spices. The challenge is the 4 moves restriction on the boat. This is why Puzzle Craft 2 has become my favourite game. It changes and challenges. It gives you enough information and help to keep you going but it forces you to participate and actually play it in a comprehensive way.  Every step of the way you have to think it out. I am running raw materials and resources across 4 villages so I have to work out which mines and farms to work, which resources to have where, which raw materials are better sourced in which village.  If I am buying I have to work out whether it is cheaper to buy the raw materials or the ready made resource. It is a game for a brain which likes to be busy and a game for those who like to manage across a range of expectations, requirements, demands , materials and assets. You can’t just play it as such and bash your way through the game. Some really good challenges arrive unexpectedly and you have to think them out. At one stage I thought I would never get to my fourth village. Even had I wanted to I could not have bought my way in. You can use your real money to short circuit the play if you want to but a lot of the game requires you to look at other things besides the fact that easy cash will solve everything answer. I love that. There are things like time, patience and strategy. I had to work hard to get into the fourth village and had to let time do the work. For the fifth village I already have the requirements but that is not to say it will be a straightforward move when the time comes. The game can surprise you like that. It’s not a game you get done. It’s one you sit and enjoy for a little while. It’s not stressful. It is absorbing.

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