After life, the universe and everything has been created, what's a doodling god to do? Make a kingdom of magic! New from JoyBits comes Doodle Kingdom, a follow-up to the Doodle God series that takes the puzzle-driven alchemy formula to a more fictional level. Instead of tooling around with fire, earth and water, you get to use magic to create a world of fantasy creatures, one element at a time!
The basic goal behind Doodle Kingdom is the same as Doodle God: keep combining basic elements to form more complex ones. Tap a category on the left side of the screen, then tap one of the elements that appear. Do the same for the right side and the game will attempt to combine the two. If it works, you get a new element! The more elements there are the more combinations are available, meaning you'll do a lot of experimenting to see what odd things you can craft.
Microtransactions in Doodle Kingdom step a toe over the line of acceptability. The in-game currency is gems that can be spent on hints and unlockable features, most of which only last for 24 hours. You can refill these via an in-app purchase, and the shocking thing is there are packs that sell for an upwards of 100 USD. Call us mad, but that seems like overkill for a game that already carries a multi-dollar price tag. Persistence outflanks IAPs, so stick with it and you won't have to go broke to beat the game.
The presentation and interface in Doodle Kingdom are both superb, and it's great to see some extra creativity injected through the use of a fantasy setting. Later on, you even get to raise dragons, complete quests and engage in combat sequences! The JoyBits team has refined their skills over the course of the Doodle God games, and that experience shows in Doodle Kingdom. With over 115 elements to discover divided between 13 unique groups, you won't be in need of a good coffee break game any time soon.
NOTE: This game was played and reviewed on the iPad 3. Game was available in the North American market at the time of publication, but may not be available in other territories. Please see individual app market pages for purchasing info.