Gaming’s next big hero is here
Embla saves the day in the latest puzzler from Candy Crush maker King.
Legend of Solgard
Battle & Collect Epic Heroes!
This isn’t the kind of matching game you might be expecting from King, creator of Candy Crush Saga.
Legend of Solgard is still a matching game, sure, it’s just more in-depth and a bit more of a ‘gamey’ game. And yet it retains the easy-to-understand mechanics and polished-to-a-shine presentation that have become the company’s trademark.
You're the flame-haired hero Embla, and you’re in charge of a grid of colourful characters. To vanquish beasties and break the portal at the top of the screen, you need to drag and drop them into lines or groups of at least three to trigger attacks. This means thinking carefully and making the right matches at the right time.
Depending on how you organise your army of Roughpaws, Elflings and Grimchops, you will trigger different moves. Line up three of the same character vertically and they will combine for a more powerful attack. Matching three horizontally creates a defensive shield, while dropping four characters down into a square creates a bigger, broader attacking force.
The more you play, the more you unlock new heroes – a mage, a honking great masked beast, a snooty goat – all of whom have their own abilities and special powers. And then, of course, there are a ton of different ways to upgrade your squad.
After sinking many an hour into the game, it’s clearly a meaty prospect. So we asked Tove Lindholm, level designer at developer Snowprint, for three tips to get you started on your journey through Solgard.