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Drink Review: Rowan’s Creek

Another outstanding bourbon from Kentucky Distillers, makers of Noah’s Mill. Handmade in very small batches and aged in charred oak barrels.

Rowan’s Creek:

Rowan’s Creek – another excellent Kentucky Distillers bourbon whiskey. Here we see the addition of a new label.

It’s time to review another excellent bourbon whiskey, this time Rowan’s Creek. You’re going to love it.

The year is 1789. The United States of America is a fledgling nation of eleven states on the East Coast and a couple of tired provinces in the Midwest. Sounds like a great setting for a PC strategy game, doesn’t it?

With the year and theme in mind, the boys at Activa have created a game that’s both relaxing and engaging. Just look at the crisp graphics, and the beautiful landscapes that represent the budding United States. There’s a lot to do, and I’ve been very impressed with the intricate details.

Rowan’s Creek Review 1:

Activa’s Rowan’s Creek a winner.

Rowan’s Creek is a gem of a game. It’s easy to learn, pleasant, and addictive when you get going. It’s a very good strategy game to play. Highly recommended.

You have to feed all the people of this burgeoning nation. This requires a lot of careful making and harvesting of crops, and the gathering of other essentials. As the game progresses, you’re going to need ever larger quantities of all these things. It’s a huge, rewarding game, so don’t expect a cheery village in ten minutes. Rowan’s Creek is a major game!

The interface is simple, and well designed. There are no irritating menu items, no messy command icons. You just click on the town’s buildings, and set them on top of your goods.

The graphics are beautiful, and the animation is clean. Rowan’s Creek is all about the game, and you’ll be fascinated from the outset. It’s easy to play, but just a little bit hard to master.

Some of the things you find yourself doing in this game include making bricks; smelting iron; building roads; and more. There are disasters like lightning, bad floods, and famine. That adds to the sense of realism.

And just when you think you have everything under control, just one cruel twist of fate later, and you’ve ruined your own game. Futility abounds.

Which brings me to the other point, a point that many critics and reviewers gloss over for fear of angering the gaming industry. Let me say it plainly. Many games are not, and will never be perfect. That’s no reason to sneer and criticize.

Rowan’s Creek Review 2:

Rowan’s Creek is a very good game. Highly recommended.

Rowan’s Creek is a spectacularly good game. I can’t think of any major faults. You won’t bang your head on problems, or play this game for hours and not know what to do. There is never a sense of lost time, and you’re never overwhelmed by complex rules and situations. You’ll just kick yourself for that one time you destroyed your own game.

There’s a tutorial, but it’s not necessary. You can figure everything out by yourself. There is a little bit of both an economic game and a strategy game here. You manage your own economy, and build out your own little kingdom with the goods you gather. But there is also a turn-based combat game that’s just a little above average.

This game is easy to play, a pleasure to watch, and an extremely good time waster. Rowan’s Creek is one of the best games I’ve played in years. Highly recommended.

Written by Mark Adams

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