So Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Reggie have just returned from their Summer Concert Tour (The Archies), they arrive to find the town of Riverdale in ruin. Seems Mayor Ruskin has run off with all the town’s money. In fact the news has named Riverdale the worst town in America!
Look I’ve played some Facebook games in my time (I was actually quite addicted to Farmville, and Cityville, and CSI) and this is pretty par for the course. Fairly cute and innocuous game-play, you get quests which take time and energy and unlock characters and more quests. Of course you can speed up these quests by spending real world money. Again par for the course. The artwork is spot on all the characters are rendered perfectly, though Riverdale definitely looks like every other online point and click game.
I do have a few concerns though. First this game is downloadable so it exists on your pc or mac whether you’re online. Second, I think it’s pretty well-known that Archie appeals to a younger age group, so you can imagine my surprise when I downloaded what I thought was the game only to find out it was a game launcher that already had Big Fish Casino installed,
So while the Archie game was downloading I investigated the settings. No way to restrict in app purchases? (Granted you can’t complete purchases unless you have a Big Fish account) You can’t limit new games being downloaded and installed?
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad game. I just feel a game that has such a broad age appeal should probably have a few safeguards for the little ones among us. I’m not even getting into the fact that power ups are soda. And you get power-ups by playing “Spin the Bottle”. I guess this is one of those things that kind of straddles the line between adult and child. I can’t see many teens wanting to play it and I can’t see giving it to my 7-year-old.
Check it out for yourself, it’s free to play (though you do have to give an email address.)
Archie and his pals need YOU to help rescue Riverdale! Play as Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, and dozens of favorite classic comic-book characters. Personalize, decorate, make Riverdale your own – while creating new relationship and completing fun quests and interesting tasks. Loaded with original artwork and comic content you can’t find anywhere else – the whole family is sure to love this fun-filled city building sim. Help save Riverdale while helping yourself to heaps of Fun! Oh and of course, don’t forget – you get to help Archie choose: Betty or Veronica!
- Play for free!
- Read bonus comic strips in-game
- Enjoy fun, relaxing city building sim game-play
- Share with your friends and be rewarded with kisses
- Ongoing updates, content, and special events!
Here’s the press release:
Gogii Games launches Archie: Riverdale Rescue on Big Fish’s PC App Store
First Gogii-Developed Free-to-Play Game
February 18, 2014 – Moncton, New Brunswick – Gogii Games announces the exclusive launch of the Windows PC version of Archie: Riverdale Rescue, now available on www.bigfishgames.com. Archie: Riverdale Rescue is the first Gogii-developed free-to-play game launched exclusively for Big Fish’s PC consumer base.
Archie Riverdale Rescue lets players take control of the world famous Archie Comics characters to help rescue the titular town of Riverdale. Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Reggie, and all your favorite characters are here to help rebuild their hometown by completing fun quests. Players have the power to customize the iconic town as they see fit and bring the Riverdale of their dreams to life.
“Since Archie: Riverdale Rescue was first launched on iOS in July 2013, it has been a priority to get this amazing game into the hands of our loyal PC players,” said George Donovan, founder of Gogii Games. “Fans can interact with their favorite Archie characters for the first time ever in the 75 year history of the Archie brand. Now Archie will have all the help he needs Rescuing Riverdale with the help of Jughead, Betty, Veronica, and the rest of the Archie Gang.”
“Continuing our 10-year relationship with Gogii and expanding into exciting new territory, Riverdale Rescue is Gogii’s first free-to-play game and one that we are happy to offer on the Big Fish Games network, ” said Jessica Sachs, Director of Developer Relations at Big Fish Games. “Gogii has created a number of hits for Big Fish’s premium casual game catalog, and we are excited to be adding this well-known licensed game to our rapidly expanding free-to-play PC app store.”
“Gogii Games has been our partner in extending our beloved Archie Comics characters to new audiences and the PC version of Riverdale Rescue is a perfect extension of the many ways our fans engage with the Archie universe,” said Jon Goldwater, Publisher and co-CEO of Archie Comic Publications. “We’re very happy with how Archie Riverdale Rescue gives people a unique new way to interact with these classic characters.”