rival-kingdoms
Metacritic: N/A
Release: May 2015
Reviewed on: iOS

Rival Kingdoms

Site Score
8.0
Good: No troop training – Walls are flexible in building
Bad: Slower on the progression than similar games
User Score
7.7
(16 votes)
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Rival Kingdoms lets you control an army within your mobile device (iOS or Android). Following in the steps of Clash of Clans and similar titles the game is centred around creating a defensive base to defend against other players while also creating an army to raid others.

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While your first impressions can easily be dominated by thoughts of playing a simple clone Rival Kingdoms slowly shows its cards and reveals a game that has a number of differences when compared with the large titles in the genre. These includes powerful heroes known as Ancients which can alter your tactics on the battlefield as you generate mana for building destruction during raids, a lack of troop building and squad based deployable units.

The Ancient mechanic in particular adds a lot of enjoyable strategy to the core of the game (raiding) as you can choose different strategies to overcome defences, be it buffing troops directly or calling in powerful attacking spells. When mixed with balancing of the units types themselves each raid in the PvE or PvP portion of the games is enjoyable.

The lack of need to build troops makes Rival Kingdoms a particularly attractive option for fans of the genre that are tired of queuing up troops in order to go into battle. Instead the Rival Kingdoms mechanic limits your attacks through a stone system, which max out at 5 but regenerate every half an hour or so.

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Differences aside the core gameplay is more in line with the Clash of Clans formula with players collecting resources to be spent on new buildings, towers or resource generating constructs. Walls are also a staple of any kingdom and Rival Kingdoms allows you more flexibility here with the likes of diagonal walls to create even safer designs for your kingdom.

All of this is supported with great features that enable guild and multiplayer play by giving real benefits to contributing to a guild and easy means of communication with guild mates. Rival Kingdoms also includes a healthy amount of mid and end game competitive aspects with rankings and honour systems to keep you wanting to compete.

Summary:

  • Clash of Clans inspired mobile title.
  • No troop training lets you get right into battles.
  • Call upon the power of your Ancient as you smash enemy buildings.
  • Craft the perfect base with various structures and flexible walls.
  • Free for Android and iOS.

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Rival Kingdoms, 7.7 out of 10 based on 16 ratings

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