I just recently had the pleasure of reviewing Disney Interactive’s latest mobile release: Seven Dwarfs: The Queen’s Return. Available now for free through the iTunes Store, Google Play, and the Windows store, this game is a city-building game reminiscent of the original Warcraft and Starcraft games of the early 1990s. The game is listed for ages 12+ and it is 60.3MB in size.
The plot revolves around the return of the Evil Queen and a curse she has placed on the forest. As a result the forest has become dark and rotten and Snow White and all of the dwarfs, with the exception of Happy, have been spread throughout the forest and imprisoned. You are the lone dwarf Happy, at the start of the game, charged with the task of finding your friends and rescue them. Sounds easy but not so fast. All of the forest is dark and you need a “Sun Lantern” to be able to search the various sections of the forest. Thankfully you begin the game with four but this does not last long. To continue your search you must craft new Sun Lanterns or buy them. In short to advance through the game you must collect natural resources around the area and craft and repair items out of them. You make use of trees, rocks, flower patches, and the dwarf’s trusty gem mine to provide the natural resources to craft items. The game can be enjoyed for free without ever spending a dime. However all of this collecting resources and crafting takes time and here is where Gold comes into play. You are provided 30 gold pieces at the start of the game. To be able to speed through crafting and repairing items you can simply pay with gold to have it instantly done for you. But like so many things in life this comes with a price. Once you run out of the gold you must purchase more gold. The game allows you to purchase in several different increments: 15 gold bars, 40 gold bars, etc. To give you an idea of pricing Google play is asking $1.99 for 15 gold bars. Price per unit decreases the more you purchase. Although the game can be played without an ounce of gold being spent, I found game play to be quite slow without the occasional opening of the purse strings. For example it took 2 hours to craft a new Sun Lantern. That being said the game may be left to work in the background without attention. In addition there is a social aspect of the game where you can give or receive resources or items from your friends you invite to play, much like the social media games available through Facebook..
All and all I am pleased with this game. I ran into no glitches and game play was straight forward and enjoyable. Fans of the old Starcraft and Warcraft will be thrilled to see a “Disney” version of their old favorites. My only reservation is the plot and story line. We all know the Evil Queen met her death at the end of Snow White. Why bring her back? It’s just not canon and does not sit well in my humble opinion. Fans of Lost will know “What’s dead is dead”. The game would fit equally well with current canon and universe without having her “return” from the dead. Perhaps they can get J. J. Abrams to take a break from the next Star Trek film to explain how the Evil Queen returns from the dead. Lol. Until then Seven Dwarfs: The Queen’s Return is an enjoyable game I would recommend to any fan of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.