Release: Mar 2013
Reviewed on: PC
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Empire (Empire: Four Kingdoms for iOS and Android) throws you right into the heart of battle as your build the ultimate fortress, grow a powerful army, capture enemy outposts and create a thriving economy.
The game packs all the features that most gamers would be used to in this genre with plenty of upgrade paths to work towards, diplomacy options, alliances, troop equipment, PvE gameplay, events and more. Empire is more than your standard game in this genre though with high production values that beat out most of its competition.
After loading up the game on your chosen device players will get thrown right into the game with a tutorial that is condensed nicely to give you all the information you need but won’t take you an hour to finish like other alternatives.
This tutorial will take you over the basics of managing your castle from constructing buildings to collecting taxes, managing your defences and attacking. While most of these mechanics are similar to other games attacking and defending takes an interesting turn in Empire.
When attacking players will be able to split their forces up into separate forces and use them to attack separate components of your enemies fortress to overcome their defences. With a good number of troop types and additional tools to equip them with you have a lot of control over the strategy of your offensive movements. These attacks can be against the large number of computer controlled outposts and castles or against other players directly.
Similarly on the defensive side you can assign defensive resources to particular castle sections to make them better fortified against attacks giving you plenty of depth to work with.
Another unique element of the game is managing your castle’s order. As your population grows it will decrease and reduce the effectiveness of troop creation. However, by building decorative objects you can bring this back to balance and even receive a boost to unit production. It’s a unique idea that helps make decorations useful in the overall game as most players generally don’t bother with them.
Empire is something different in a good way and promises a great mobile strategy experiences.
- Command your own fortress.
- Expand your walls, upgrade defences and create a thriving castle community.
- Attack other players or computer controlled locations for resources.
- Unique attack and defence options.
- Free on iOS and Android.