Once Upon A Nightby Kim Jun 21, 2016 | 2 Votes | 6 Played | 0 Reviews
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Once upon a night, you awake in the middle of the woods with nothing but the clothes on your back and a trusty companion. What’s a lost wanderer to do? Well, clear some debris, build a shelter and hunt for useful things in this dark but enchanted forest. Watch out for the evil witch and her minions, which will make your work harder than usual, and summon helpful spirits to counter her spells.
The game starts as any building game does – with a small piece of land. In this game, though, the land is a clearing in the middle of a dark and enchanted forest. You and your partner are transported to this part of the woods and your first order of business is to clear some weeds and discover useful things (and creatures) to help you with the tasks ahead.
Everything you do at first is guided by Quests listed on the left side of the screen, and you can follow along to quickly learn about the different rules of the game. For instance, one of the first quests will include buying seeds and planting them so you can harvest Mana. Mana is one of the many currencies of this game, and you need it to do things like clearing weeds and cutting down trees, as well as driving away monsters.
Another quest unlocks the Knight, who will act as your third helper for doing chores like clearing weeds and collecting income or mana. In total, you will start with three workers – the two being you and your partner, and the fallen Knight. You can unlock more helpers as you progress in the game.
Whenever you and your companions work, you collect Coins and experience points. Coins can be used to buy most anything from the Store. Quests will reward you with Coins, too, but some special Quests will add a few Crystals. Crystals are the premium currency of the game and can be used to buy valuable and rare items. They can also be used to speed up building production or crop maturity. In addition to Coins and Crystals, clearing weeds and other debris as well as cutting down trees will give you Wood, which is need to construct buildings.
As you complete quests, you’ll be able to build a few structures. From the Store, you can buy a Forge that generates Axes. You need Axes to chop down trees. You’ll also be guided into buying decorations that generate Glory Points and some coins. Some structures, like the Dwarven Tent and Dwarven Mine, are already built and you just have to keep chopping down trees to find it. Special structures, like the Cave of Spirits, will offer you two kinds of spirits: The Destroyer and The Creator. These spirits can be bought with Crystals and work to make life easier for you. Each spirit will have their powers, such as doubling the amount of Wood you get from clearing weeds and trees, or growing crops twice as fast. You can activate these spirits for a day, seven days or 30 days.
As mentioned earlier, there will be monsters that would randomly appear throughout the game. These monsters can be banished with a magic wand and a specific amount of mana. You need to eliminate these monsters as soon as possible because some of them won’t allow you to continue your work. Note that only the male and female characters, and not the Knight, can banish monsters. The characters will also be too scared to work if he is near a monster.
As you level up, more items from the Store will be unlocked and you’ll be able to acquire more resources a bit faster and easier. A Crystal Cave gives one Crystal every 8 hours, while a Laboratory provides Glory Points and mana. Other buildings like the Pharmacy, Workshop and Kitchen all produce certain items for specific purposes.
One thing to note about the farming process of this game is that the crops disappear as soon as they are harvested. This means you can only collect mana from plants once then you’ll have to plant more to get more mana. Weeds also grow back after a while, so you will find yourself constantly clearing them. While this is great for earning coins and wood, it’s a repetitive process that risks getting boring at some point. Even so, these elements are what makes the game unique, and it is up to you to decide whether these are good or bad for the game.
If you find yourself short on coins and mana and you can’t work on your land due to monsters, you can visit your neighbors and work for them. You can collect income, mana or clear weeds to get a few coins and mana in return. Visiting your neighbors also adds experience points. To add neighbors, you can invite your Facebook Friends to the game. When the game starts, Santa will be your first neighbor, a character provided by the game.
There is a surprisingly large community who are fans of Once Upon A Night, and you’ll find them on the game’s Facebook page. Join over 50,000 followers to learn about the latest game updates and events. You might even get some free game currency if you catch some announcements on time.
Probably this game’s strongest suit is its colorful images amidst a dark survival theme. The contrast makes the game unforgettable. The animations are also too cute to ignore, and can sometimes break the ice of a rather sinister game. The music, however, is too mellow and have the tendency to make you sleepy.
Once Upon A Night is a one-of-a-kind builder game that’s unlike anything you’ve ever played. The characters are interesting and are full of personality. While it’s not a game you can play for a long time unless you spend real money, it’s certainly worth playing for short bursts of fun. The fact that the game limits its supply of resources may be unacceptable to some, but a welcome challenge to others who don’t mind waiting or paying. Overall, this dark yet fun building game offers new ways to play, and that’s certainly worth checking out.