ikariam
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Release: Feb 2008

Ikariam

Site Score
8.0
Good: Unique resource system – Simple cartoon graphics
Bad: On the slower side of gameplay (even for the genre) – Tougher learning curve
User Score
8.1
(34 votes)
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Ikariam is a Greek inspired strategy MMO that players can play in their browser. The game uses a simple 2D interface and gives players a great amount of control over their own territory.

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Just like other games in the genre you will focus on growing from a small island village with military force or trade to ultimately control more land in the game universe. Ikariam has proven to be very popular with its large player base, simple interfaces and unique resource system that encourages trading (more on that later).

Once you create your account on Ikariam you’ll spawn on your own island that will also be inhabited by other players (maximum of 16), because of the large player base in Ikariam there are literally thousands of these small islands which make up the game world.

This is where the unique resource system comes into effect since each island only has access to wood and one of the other resources (marble, crystal glass, wine or sulphur). Because this means that every player will only have access to two of the five total resources the game has a heavy focus on economic trading and raiding other islands for resources.

In Ikariam you access the game world through your four different advisors who offer advice on town planning, military, research and diplomatic relations.

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Ikariam takes gameplay one step further than most games by requiring players to carefully manage the happiness of their townsfolk to ensure your city is running as efficiently as possible and to prevent them from leaving.

With all the features in Ikariam it is easy to get lost in a game that sometimes feels more like a fully developed turn based strategy experience than a browser MMO. The game also offers a very fair premium currency system that doesn’t make you feel like you need to spend money to get ahead in the game.

Summary:

  • Unique resource system.
  • Simple interface and graphics means focus on strong gameplay.
  • Give orders to your 4 advisors and take their advice into consideration.
  • Free to play and doesn’t feel like a paid to win experience.
  • Large number of servers and a good sized player base.

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Ikariam, 8.1 out of 10 based on 34 ratings

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