Versailles 2 in Review – A trip to 17th century France in the palm of your hand!

The court of Louis XIV (no, not our Louis) is arguably one of the most romantic times in the history of France. Intricate plots, hidden agendas and devious politics rule when the King of Spain is at death’s doorstep. Join me in this unique opportunity to experience all the merits of old France and the court of the legendary Sun King in Versailles 2.

Versailles 2 is a traditional first-person adventure with a 360 degree view. Desperate for a chance to reunite with his beloved Elvira, young and brash Charles Louis de Faverolles arrives at the King’s court with nothing but an introductory letter. At the time when the king of Spain is dying the great nations all send their ambassadors to Versailles to negotiate the possibility of acquiring a piece of the land. Having to steer the rapids of politics, our bold protagonist has to prove himself worthy of the King’s trust.

At first glance Versailles 2 seems to resemble the other Tetraedge titles released on the App Store over the last several of years. Unfortunately, once you get down and dirty, it turns out not to be the case. Despite the provision of all the relevant features, there are next to no actual puzzles in the game. You’ll rarely find yourself in the possession of more than half-a-dozen items and you won’t meet any challenge that can’t be solved by simply visiting the few areas available at the moment and talking to everyone.

That said, if you’re even half-interested in the era Versailles 2 will offer you a unique chance to experience it hands on. All interactions, be it dialogues, items or even the few available puzzles have been sanctioned by the authorities and validated for authenticity. The story isn’t half-bad and fits in with the environment.

The graphics in Versailles 2 are very nice as well. Utilizing the full 360 degree interface you are free to explore the beauty all around you. The characters are excellently modeled, though they do look a bit outdated. The music and sound effects are simply superb, really putting you in the right frame of mind to enjoy the 17th century. And the full voiceovers with realistic accents complete the picture in your mind.

If you look at Versailles 2 as full-featured adventure – it doesn’t quite hold up. The puzzles are virtually nonexistent, the progression offers no challenge and even the few mini-games have been cut out, not suited for the touchscreen. If you consider it an educational experience however – it’s a whole different story. Versailles 2 offers probably the most convincing atmosphere of 17th century France I’ve ever seen, from the authentic dialogues and voiceovers to visuals and storyline. Should you’re interested in the era I’d say it’s a crime to pass up Versailles 2.

With this I declare Versailles 2 officially touched!

App Summary
Title: Versailles 2 – Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3 Developer: Microids
Reviewed Ver: 1.0 Min OS Req: 3.2
Price: $0.99 / $0.99 / $0.99 App Size: 493.19MB / 538.64MB / 561.57MB
  • Authentic storyline and dialogues
  • Nice graphics
  • Genuine 17th France environment
  • Nonexistent puzzles
  • Simple gameplay


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