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12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature - Review

Among the Greek gods, Hercules is undoubtedly people's favorite. This stirred jealously among the Gods as they planned to poison Hercules, and succeeded! Now that Hercules has recovered, and is stronger than ever - he and his wife, Megara, need to restore the countryside, trampled by the beasts that the Gods have summoned.


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Name: 12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature Collector's Edition
Release Date: 23 August 2015
Developer: ZoomOut Games/JetDogs Studios

12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature is the fourth game in the hit builder franchise. On the surface, Mother Nature is not much of a difference from its predecessors. The gameplay remains similar to those in most of the builder games out there; this involves building and upgrading facilities, repairing roads, collecting resources and at times, summoning the-one-and-only Hercules to clear the heavy boulders and Megara to grow trees on deserted lands. In Mother Nature, queuing worker’s tasks are easier than ever – there are numbered flags that indicate the order in which the tasks will be completed.

As seen in other games of its kind, special power-ups also are offered in Mother Nature. They are really useful, especially as the levels get more complicated. Moreover, there are hidden puzzle pieces to collect in each level – every 10 levels, they can be put together to form a mosaic picture.

There are three difficulty settings available to select in Mother Nature; Relaxed, Casual and Expert. No matter which mode you decide to play on, 12 Labours of Hercules IV is a very challenging game. The difficulty of the game progresses nicely from the first level to the last, the latter levels really require some careful strategic planning as well as management skills.

On the presentation side, 12 Labours of Hercules IV offers a so-so experience, although nothing spectacular. The artwork is cartoonish with bright colors and simple visual; still, the animations are surprisingly nice and smooth. The soundtracks are slightly disappointing – they are extremely repetitive that we turned the volume down after a few levels into the game.

The Collector’s Edition is not exactly heavy on the extras. It featured 10 bonus levels, a strategy guide, wallpapers, achievements and collectibles. Hardcore Time Management fans might want to check it out, casual players might want to save for the Standard Edition.

In conclusion, 12 Labours of Hercules IV: Mother Nature is a pleasant Builder game. It is definitely challenging and fun, despite not being very unique.

Graphics: 3.5/5 Stars
Sound: 3/5 Stars
Originality: 3/5 Stars
Levels: 4.5/5 Stars
Interface: 4/5 Stars
Gameplay: 3.5/5 Stars
Fun Factor: 3.5/5 Stars
Extras: 3.5/5 Stars


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