Release: Jan 2014
Reviewed on: PC
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Elvenar joins the ranks of the extensive browser based strategy genre with a hybrid that leans more towards city building then most. As the game comes from InnoGames you’re guaranteed a well designed adventure even if it doesn’t try to innovate too much.
Starting your Elvenar journey players will get to choose to either develop a human or elvan settlement. Players will find that humans are medieval focused while the elves have much more magical buildings although the experience is basically mirrored outside of the cosmetic differences.
With a basic tutorial to get you started you’ll learn the foundations of any civilization. This includes things like building a home for your citizens, creating paths, basic buildings and decorations to add bonuses. You’ll also be introduced to the typical mechanics of the genre such as upgrading buildings, researching and expanding your land.
Interesting features of Elvenar include the research tree and scouting which haven’t been done to the same level in other offerings. On the research side players will often find they have as many as four different paths, this gives you much greater control over the advancement of your settlement.
This goes hand in hand with the scouting aspect of the game that requires players to actually scout the hexagonal sized spaces next to their settlement rather than the entire map being revealed. This scouting can often reveal areas of interest where players will negotiate with merchants or fight them instead to obtain resources, special relics to improve your settlement and land expansions.
The final interesting aspect of the game is in the combat where players will engage in turn based battles on grid based environments. On the face it feels like something out of a turn based strategy game but unfortunately doesn’t quite have that amount of depth. The game does however offer more than enough opportunity when you compare it to similar free strategy games in this niche.
With a great front end in terms of graphics and a decent amount of depth once you get into the game you could do a lot worse than Elvenar in the browser based MMO strategy genre. There is still plenty of waiting around for those not wanting to open their wallet though but that won’t stop you from enjoying the game for short bursts each day.
- A fantasy based city builder combines with strategy elements.
- A massive world map that lets you scout one area at a time.
- Animated 3D battles with turn based elements.
- Technology trees that provide you plenty of options.
- Choose from human and elf settlements.