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Forge of Empires Review

Sara Lau
Apr 26,2012  03:04 by
5

Forge of Empires is a new civilization-building game where players can develop their own city and construct it from scratch. The game, which spans a long period about 5000 years from Stone Age to Late Middle Age, seems to be more or less inspired by Age of Empire.

Basically, to maximize use of each plot of land, buildings should be placed around your town hall, then gradually increase in coverage until they radiate out into every corner of the land. Roads must link your production and military buildings to your town hall in order to utilize their functions. Your first business in the game is to build a residential house which can increase your population and provide sufficient workforce. Once you have a bunch of free worklabors, you can start to set up pottery workshops, blacksmiths and all kinds of other buildings to utilize resources or gold for your empire. If at any time you decide to change the layout of your town, you can simply use the “tool box” to pick up and relocate any buildings to any open empty plot with no cost. The production system is designed to give hardcore players some strategic advantages. Before initiating a production order, you get to choose from multiple time frames, within which the building keeps busy in construction. If you choose the shortest amount of time, you will get most quantity of resources per minute ratio; alternatively, you can set your business shop on a longer construction order and return 8 hours or so later to collect a relatively big quantity of resources.

“Happiness” is a vital mechanism that you have to manage in order to maximize your town’s productivity. You need to waste some empty land plots to build monuments and decorations to increase your nation’s reputation, so that a higher “happiness” value can provide a bonus on productivity.

Once you have an army, you will have the option to assign your soldiers to either a defensive army or an expedition squad. The game provides a single-player campaign and you need to conquer NPC territories on the world map. The campaign doesn’t come with any in-depth storytelling to keep players hooked. Combats are carried out on a turn-based hexagonal battleground similar to Heroes of Might and Magic series: Troops are under your direct command; units are distinguished from each other based on their different move range, attack range, and attack or defense power. Various impassible terrains like water or rocks serve as choke points that give veteran players strategic edge. Battles of initial stages are so mindless easy to play, I completed them all with my starting tie-one units – spearmen. I proceeded through the campaign very quick, until I confronted with an unfair battle. So I realized that I would have to unlock some new technologies and troops from more advanced age to get the upper hand.

Speaking of technologies, I’ve never seen a game with such a humongous technology tree before. You start in the Stone Age and will have more options as you progress through the researching. Technology tree covers everything you can expect including new battle units, new resources, new buildings, and new training events to make your troops more powerful. Each technology will cost you a certain amount of research point – something akin to energy point that regains automatically as time goes by, but it regenerates much more slowly, the accumulation speed is only 1 point every hour. Players are only able to store a maximum of 10 spare research points, so if you would like to make good use of each precious research point you will have to login in at least every 10 hours.

The PVP system of Forge of Empires is a bit different from what you’ve get used to. This game does not come with a big world map so that players can be found scattered across it. Instead, a buddy list-esque layout that displays players around your level of fame is situated on the bottom of the screen, allowing you to visit or attack them.

Overall, the game is not bad, graphics are nice, and the appearances of buildings change significantly as you advance through different ages. But the game seems to focus too much on its single-player campaign: Alliances cannot be formed and nations cannot be conquered. More features should have been incorporated to enhance the gameplay of multiplayer part. Therefore I do not recommend playing this game.

5 Comments on Forge of Empires Review

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  1. SenileLarry says:

    Kinda new to this type of game and the idea that there is not a grand multiplayer aspect appeals to me – I guess I'm sort of a loaner. I will give the game a try.

  2. CHASE PELLEEN SUCKS says:

    Forge of empires is a game where you suck eachothers youknpw

  3. Guest says:

    ^^ Its true this game is not only a broken scam but also a private chat clique where you polish there knobs all day. By all means go run, check it out! lol

  4. Kelly Scalf says:

    FOE was willing to take money from me and my husband, then decided to ban us for using the same internet connection. We are networked, so after $1000 they decided it was a problem. They refuse to refund the money we have each paid. What a crock! Don’t play this game!

  5. Warmonger12 says:

    Save your money and your time. God forbid you contact support over something missing and you get upset over their complete lack of tact and tell you there is nothing they can do because it is up to the servers. You are not allowed to be upset or use anything that can be construed as foul language. You will get banned permanently and then get told over and over that avoiding support (that caused the only disgression) was not good enough even though there was NEVER an incident in game. Avoid yourself the grief and torment of this and find something with a company that might care about the customers that are making them money.

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