Runes Of Avalon 2 Demo

By John Walker on March 25th, 2008 at 12:56 pm.

I love the incongruity of this modern crop of puzzle games with fantasy stories. Somehow the glorious Puzzle Quest gets away with it, but all the rest just seem enormously silly. And none moreso than Runes of Avalon 2 (I know, a sequel already!).

Quickly, match the tiles on the grid before the pretty lady destroys the lands!

“Your strength gives me courage!” declares the floaty-voiced lady betwixt levels of the tile-matching game. Really? Because I only remember clicking the coloured tiles on the grid so they matched up in rows of three, but seriously, if that’s enough, I’m totally your man. I mean, really, I reckon I could even do a tile-swapping picture puzzle if that would save the kingdom or something… Oh, you have tile-swapping picture puzzles? Ah, well see, there’s a lot of kingdoms that need saving around this time of year, and well, ok then, thanks, bye.

Boy, this strength-based work really takes it out of me.

So yes, a demo is available for Runes of Avalon 2, which will let you power through as many of the 100 levels as you can before it explodes. The core game is fine enough, if a little underwhelming. It quickly introduces “spells”, but unfortunately a bit too quickly, before the game suggests any sense of time pressure. However, the interrupting minier games are problematic, and yes, by level 10 you’re really being asked to tile-swap to make a picture of a fairy. Ho hum.

It’s by Anawiki, which appears to be another of these casual games sites that sells all the same games as all the other casual games sites in a way that utterly confuses me, and I fear that if I were to ever try and unravel would cause the entire universe to disintergrate in my lap, and a lot of cross people demanding I put it all back together. You can get the demo here.

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8 Comments »

  1. Jim Rossignol says:

    Runes: better than sigils?

  2. Kieron Gillen says:

    I HATE SIGILS.

    KG

  3. Evan says:

    “Really? Because I only remember clicking the coloured tiles on the grid so they matched up in rows of three, but seriously, if that’s enough, I’m totally your man. I mean, really, I reckon I could even do a tile-swapping picture puzzle if that would save the kingdom or something…”

    bwahahaha.

    I think exactly the same thing. Meteos. Puzzle Quest. Any time someone tells me that I’m a brave warrior, I either start laughing or start mashing A.

    I still loved both games. No comment on this one.

  4. Roman says:

    Nice review :)
    Does a puzzle game need a story? Problably not.
    Does a story make a puzzle game better? Probably yes.

    In Runes of Avalon 2 we made the storyline as short as possible to make those that like storyline happy and those that don’t not bothered too much.

  5. Jessica22 says:

    I do know that this is comfortable to order the masters thesis or thesis close to this post, than to complete by own efforts.