RugTales Collector's Edition
January 20, 2019
Relaxed, Normal & Expert Mode
Ten EXCLUSIVE Levels
Integrated Strategy Guide
Wallpapers & Soundtracks
Gamigo made their debut in the casual gaming scene with an adorable new Time Management title, RugTales. In Toy Story‘s fashion, RugTales introduces a whole new world that lives among us humans. Woolly Yarrows and Curlytop Knotweed, among many others, are creatures that live in between the very fibers of our carpets. Now their village has been destroyed by a powerful whirlwind. Get ready for this out-of-this-world journey in an attempt to save the carpet people!
RugTales earns my interest from the beginning for its fascinating and innovative premise and the game does not disappoint in that respect. The world-building in RugTales is highly creative and carefully thought-out – it is certainly not everyday that there is a Time Management game of such theme. The storyline is entertaining to follow along although you can absolutely enjoy the game without paying much attention to it. This is totally understandable due to the lack of voice-overs as well as the hefty amount of conversational text.
The gameplay of RugTales carries over the creativity. Throughout the game’s 45 main levels, there is not a single level that is a complete derivative of another. This means that the game consistently introduces the player to new ideas, unique tasks, and imaginative mechanics. This would have been excellent if not for the game’s extremely linear nature. The path to succeed in each level is quite limited and requires an extensive amount of strategic planning. This leads to instances of forced restart whenever one wrong move is made. On the other hand, Time Management veterans might find this element of challenge refreshing.
Production wise, RugTales is decent, although not outstanding. The hand-drawn artwork gives the game an innocent touch, which is appropriate for the theme of the game. However, this also translates into an outdated visual design that might disappoint some players. On the music side, the soundtracks are charming, but do not particularly stand out.
The standard game itself comes with ten bonus levels and a village where you can purchase permanent useful ability power-ups. RugTales Collector’s Edition comes with 10 extra levels, wallpapers, soundtracks, achievements, and a thorough walkthrough.