Release: Sep 2004
Travian is one of the stand out games in the MMO browser genre in a Roman game setting and runs in a persistent game world just like others in the genre.
It is also one of the most popular games in the genre averaging several thousand online players at any single time with over 50,000 active players. The game has been around since 2004 and has received constant love and attention by its developer (Travian Games) to improve gameplay and add additional features.
Early gameplay is very typical of the genre with players starting out as a simple leader of a small village that is rich in resources. Players can play as one of three different tribes which have their own strengths from faster building time to powerful offensive capabilities or stronger defences. These tribes also have varying resource needs and a different core resource which helps create a vibrant economy and encourages trading.
Slowly players will absorb these resources and turn them into buildings to increase resource collection, build a military and research technology.
Eventually players will unlock the ability to build a marketplace which then allows trade between other players as an alternative to warfare with your neighbours. This is further enhances with alliances allowing players to have more choice with how they approach the game as opposed to other games with similar gameplay.
The game also incorporates items into gameplay which is helps add another level of strategy to the game not seen in other games. Items fall under two broad categories of artefacts and equipment which have varying bonuses. Artefacts are particularly rewarding and can affect your entire village or even provide alliance wide bonuses. Artefacts aren’t easy to acquire though with players having to take over well defended treasuries to get their hands on them.
With all the features available in Travian it is no wonder why it has rose to the top of popularity in the genre and browser based strategy fans would be crazy not to try out Travian.
- Three different tribes with their own personality.
- Artefacts and equipment add another level of gameplay.
- Impressive and unique art style.
- Large user base.
- Leaderboards create great competition.