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- Publisher: Funzio
- Genre: Strategy
Kingdom Age is a social game that was firstly published on Google+ and integrated into Facebook in April, 2012 by Funzio. Set in the medieval ages of Europe, the game offers hack-and-slash combat, empire-building concept and real time strategy gameplay.
As far as I can see, most social and strategy games on Facebook are annoying either in the invariable stamina system or the endless quests directing to friends. Kingdom Age is no exception on that front. But it goes further on the annoyance road.
The colors and graphics were simple and everything comes in tiny size, which excited me at first and made me mistakenly thought I was playing the Pride of Taern. But Kingdom Age turns out to be such a failure that it would be a shame to compare it with a game as good as Taern.
Starting from a small plot of land, construct barrack, plant crops, build silos, set up market stores, upgrade this or that building, research various techniques, and all those stuff that we have been familiar with in strategy games. The only difference here is that only one upgrade is conducted at one time, which means you have to wait for dozens of minutes or a few hours to proceed to the next upgrade project. That does not occur as you achieve high levels or something, but is the case almost from the get-go.
Of course, the game exposes players to battles, both PVE battles and PVP ones. I chose the PVP first which proves to be pretty simple. If you go to battle against rival players, you can choose from a random list of players, view the numbers of their buildings and soldiers, enter the selected player’s kingdom and decide whether to attack his or her buildings. You must keep close attention to the number of soldiers since it more or less determines the result of the battle, which is conducted automatically. To fight in PVE battles, players must explore various scenes to defeat animals, monsters or buildings such as cave and altar. These battles are in turn-based mode. Whenever I enter a new scene and plan to attack monsters, I have to purchase required items to be able to attack them. Isn’t that ridiculous? Whatever I buy, I can only use the bow and arrows in those battles anyway.
I always believe it is absurd to adopt stamina system in games with no specific protagonists. Kingdom Age, however, seems equally absurd though it does have protagonists. For example, during the long waiting for the completion of researches, buildings, and upgrades, I usually kill the time by participating in combats. And it didn’t take long before I ran out of stamina and had to purchase or wait for the refill over time. That doesn’t make any sense since only the trained soldiers attend the battle and I don’t know why they have anything to do with the stamina. Besides the stamina, there is also an energy system, which turns out to be spent in PVE battles. Should they eat food or anything, I would be quite happy with that. You’d better not keep at PVE battles for long time; otherwise you would encounter energy shortage. I didn’t care about that at first and ran out of energy when I was about to unleash the final blow on a monster. As a result, I followed the monster while waiting for the energy refill because I didn’t want to waste all those energy I had spent in attacking it. And I kind of realized that the game didn’t entertain me, I did.
The stamina and energy are not the biggest issue in Kingdom Age at all. I assume the focus on friends in this game would be extremely reasonable when everyone around the globe, or at least those using Facebook were sociopaths. Whenever you achieve something or complete a quest, you have to close the notice directly since the only choice down this notice is to share your progress with your friends: no “Yes”, no “No”, or any possibility that you could deselect the sharing. That is, well, still bearable. Send requests to invite friends to join the game? That’s OK, too. But expand the land and build certain facilities by seeking help from friends only? I’m sorry, but am I playing a game or am I a paid marketing assistant in charge of game propaganda?
It is difficult to keep one’s interest in a lousy game like Kingdom Age, and I really don’t see any reason to give it a try, let alone regular visits.
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