Awakening: Kingdoms (iPhone App Store)
Queen Sophia’s away on another quest. As steward, it’s your job to bring Skyward Kingdom back to its former glory.
Okay, I wasn’t going to touch this game because I try to avoid free-to-play whenever possible. If Monika Guballa from Boomzap (the company that made the Awakening games) hadn’t emailed me personally, I would’ve never even played it. Like I said, instead of taking the role of Queen Sophia, you take the role of the steward. You meet characters from previous Awakening games and help them accomplish their goals.
The game play is a mixture of hidden object and building sim. You gather materials by participating in various hidden object scenes. You use the items to construct buildings throughout the land. During the game, characters will give you quests and it’s your job to complete them. You can also send messages to your friends and play mini-games in various buildings.
This game is beautiful and addictive. I give it 7 out of 10; it renewed my interest in the Awakening series.