Grepolis is a browser-based Multiplayer online strategy game inspired by ancient Greek mythology, which is the basis of the keynote and storyline. As to the name of Grepolis, it is a combination of Greek and Polis (which means town in German) which make it explicit that the main content of this game is concerning empire building and strategy applying in warfare. DotMMO has tested the game and made an experience review.
Greece is an engaging nation where rich civilization and grand warfare are bonded together, a fascinating fuse best illustrated by myriads of Greek mythology depicting grand wars among gods, heroes, and nations. And here in Grepolis one can expect to trace the footprints of ancient gods and know better about Greek myths while immersing in gameplay.
In Grepolis, players will choose their starting points out of the four locations known as Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast of a Greek island. After that, the first task for players to take is to build a polis, a small town which will be expanded later with players’ level up. As in similar city-building games, resources are the fundamental and primary basis for city expansion.
Four types of resources are needed in this game, including wood, stone, silver coin and divine favor. While the former three are common and can be gained through lumberjack, quarry and silver mine, the last rarity must be won by building mystical pantheon and worshipping one God chosen from Athena, Poseidon and Zeus. Besides, resources can also be gained through raiding or demanding tributes from neighboring farm villages. Since resources are important and hard-earned, it is equally important to keep eyes open to protect the fruit. To that end, players can build warehouse to store them and meanwhile recruit and train defensive troops to guard them from raids and attacks.
With sufficient resources, players can consider to expand their town, adding more practical architectures and recruiting new personnel to assist in governance and administration. For instance, administrators are needed to help in civil issues of the empire; merchants can boost trade and resource production; commanders and captains will be in charge of land and sea forces respectively; and priestesses are indispensable ties between the empire and gods’ favor.
While the nations are strong enough to develop overseas colonies, players can decide to take military actions single-handedly or with alliance. And in each battle, players need to apply tactics to dispatch the most suitable formation made up by several or all of the following units: archers, slingers, hoplites, cavalry and catapults.
Although the storyline is commonplace, players can be confident in the playability and quality of this game. Just to think that there are more than 20,000 islands for players to explore!
Updates: Grepolis 2.0 is released in April, 2011.
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