travian-kingdoms
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Release: Feb 2015
Reviewed on: PC

Travian Kingdoms

Site Score
8.5
Good: Hero system – Fresh graphics – 2 roles and 3 tribes
Bad: A few missed opportunities to re-invent the original
User Score
8.3
(14 votes)
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Taking the Travian franchise to new heights is Travian Kingdoms, an improved, enhanced and upgraded version of one of the original city building MMORTs titles. Paired with crisp mobile apps for iOS and Android you can now access your kingdom from anywhere.

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Also known as Travian version V, Travian Kingdoms does feature fairly similar gameplay to the original although most notably has received a graphical overhaul, this new UI is a welcome sight and often referenced as one of the weakest elements of the original title.

Using a three tribe system players can choose to explore the game world as Gauls, Romans or Teutons who come with their own strategies and unique traits. Gauls for example are ideal for new players with their strong defences but also efficient military and traders, with their unique ability to hide more resources from raids they can allow new players to not lose out on resources by constant attacks.

Romans on the other hand are best reserved for experience Travian players due to their strong troops which come at the cost of expensive and long training cycles. Finally the Teutons are ideal for aggressive players with troops that can be trained cheaply and deployed in no time at all. This choice feels impactful and ensures that you have three very different player types to create an ideal strategy against.

Once within the game players have quite possibly the most important decision they can make though which is to play as a governor or king. Governors focus on the looting of robber hideouts and have greater freedom in their decisions. While kings have to play a much more active role by protecting governors and expanding the empire. New players will be best served in the governor role as they are given much better beginner protection (1 week) and require you to be less active within the game.

While early on in your Travian Kingdoms life cycle you’ll be focused on resource production and managing a single village the game quickly evolves into multiple villages, player vs player raiding and wonder construction which serves as the end game for the given server you’re playing on.

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Each stage has impressive depth with various buildings requiring construction and upgrading, ten unique unit types for each tribe, various map events, constant quest goals, auction house and a detailed hero system. The hero system is particularly strong and Travian Kingdoms greatest asset with inventory, attributes and adventures adding some basic RPG to the otherwise strategy elements of the game.

Overall Travian Kingdoms is an impressive move forward for the long standing MMORTS and is likely to make it one of the leaders.

Summary:

  • A new and improved version of the original Travian.
  • Enjoy enhanced UI and graphics to bring your empire to life.
  • Strong hero system lets you lead your people to victory.
  • 3 different tribes and 2 different roles to enhance strategy.
  • Play for free in your browser or on your mobile device.

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Travian Kingdoms, 8.3 out of 10 based on 14 ratings

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