If you don’t pay up you no point in playing
So yes I agree with most other people commenting here you have to pay big to have a shot at being a heavy contender in this game. To give you a reference point I’ve invested 200$ and approximately 2 hours per day for 2 months of my time and I have a level 24 castle and decent tier 3 troops. I’d say with the investment I’ve made I’m probably in the top 20 % of players if I had to guess based on what I see. I think to get to a level 25 castle and have decent tier 4 troops your talking either another 3 to 4 months of playing or paying another 50$ plus 1 more month of playing if I had to guess.
To put things into perspective my “ might “ which is a strength system this game goes off of is 11 million. This “ might “ level represents the culmination of all your armies, building levels, resource gathering capabilities etc..combined to spit out a might number. I run into people regularly with over 100 million might that could literally kill me with the flick of a finger and I’m pretty strong.
So I guess what I’m getting at is yes the game is fun but if you want to be at a competitive level and actually have fun playing... you’re looking at spending at least 250$ to 300$ and a few months to get to that level. I’d say if I spent zero money it would of took me 2 years to get where I’m at now.. at least 2 years. So either be prepared to spend money or be prepared for the long haul just know what your getting your self into.
By Rebel Sojah
This is just like playing game of war, except with a slight twist and better graphics. A little more captivating game play that will keep you engaged while you're waiting to start new constructions or researches. Although I'm sure it's not much different than playing game of war; in the fact you'll more than likely have to drop thousands of dollars if you want to win and actually stand a competitive chance against people who obviously see money as no object. It'd be a nice surprise to one day see a game like this, which doesn't allow in-app purchases. Where those on top or in the lead, got there by their skill level and intelligence; not by their ability to drop more money than the disadvantaged. In essence, all this really is, is the battle of people's egos, and who can and who will throw way the most money; for the pointless cause of only making the game developers rich. It's a bit sickening when you think about it. All of the troubles, sorrows and sufferings in the real world, and we have people willing to dump thousands into a fake fictitious world; all just to boost and inflate their egos really.
It's a fun and entertaining game though. At least until you get to the point where you will not be able to defend yourself from basically becoming a resource farm for the "elites".
I waited 3 weeks before writing a review...
By A Mother With A Heart
This game is very addictive! However, the more and more I’ve played these past weeks and crunched numbers, I’m started to believe you have to be a millionaire to play and win. But now... with each update... you’ve got to have an bottomless money pit.
My husband and I both play this game. And if any of the developers are listening... please please really listen. In my guild there are several kids. Teenage kids from developing countries who have no business spending their money on this game. However, just a chance to escape reality and a way to just be a kid, they’ve latched onto this game. I continue to pay and play this game in order to protect these kids from big bad cyber bully billionaires who have nothing better to do than destroy the financial investment (fortune to these kids... hell, fortune to me too) these kids have made. However, when our kingdom opens up... I have no idea what I can do any longer. I have children myself. And I would never ever let them play this game or anything similar.
It’s such an amazing game and I was very impressed with the translation tool. It breaks many many language barriers. It allows people from all over the world who are all different nationalities to play together as a team with no racism. This game has the potential to be something super positive in the world. And it’s a shame that it’s pushed further and further into an cyber casino.
Great game...but remember it’s P2W
By The Walking Ted
It’s was actually one one my good friends who got me into this game. It’s fairly simple and pretty addicting if you are in to RPG and RTS...that being said from the start you are giving just enough to keep your castle scratching the surface. In order to really compete, monster hunt, attack and defend your castle you are going to have to spend between $60-$99. I’ve been playing about a week or so and purchased a “starter kit” I think it was $9. But honestly, trying to build fast before your free shield drops is...useless. You are more than likely being scouted by the serious P2W players. So find a guild ASAP. Because the serious P2W players clearly run the show. Its nearly...no wait its impossible to defend your castle, guild or kingdom against most/all of them. We can’t really blame the developers though. It’s a cool game and they should be paid for their efforts and upkeep of the game and servers. They do an excellent job in that department. But maybe there should be a threshold or a limit you can spend daily, weekly, monthly or even a break limit that would separate us casual players who may spend a few $’s here and there from the the serious P2W players who are spending a ton more. This game would be a lot more balanced and fun if I was being attacked and could only attack another player grinding like myself.
Prepare to pay
I played this game for a few months, pretty consistently. I didn't spend any money in all that time although I could have thrown the developers a few bucks since I did get a lot of entertainment out of it. There's a lot here to do, but you really are going to be a nobody in this game unless you spend a ton of money, which is one reason why I never spent anything, it wasn't really going to do anything to spend a little bit of money when everyone else is spending thousands. If you do want to spend that kind of money, just buy yourself a PS4 or a PC. Like most games, it gets repetitive after a while and there really is no end to the research and building, although after a year or so you might be able to max out all of your buildings. The big issue in this game is the conflict is almost always one sided, with the really powerful players just going after weak players. Getting attacked isn't so bad, but it does get annoying. It'd be more fun if the kingdoms we're organized in a way that players of a similar might were together but that would probably discourage spending money so it's unlikely that'll ever happen. So if you want to spend thousands of dollars on a game for your phone, this is probably a good investment, otherwise, save yourself some time and find a different game.
Good luck competing with players that spend thousands
The key here is you pay to win this game. Just like all the MMO war games, this one engages in microtransactions and special one off buys (in realm of over 100$) which create a wide gap between somebody who would pay a single 50$ for a similar console game and would work through getting all the perks. This creates a huge number of whales that spend big money (probably more than $1000 and by some estimates must be more than $5000) tns completely edge you out. Good luck having fun when your time and some money get completely wrecked by somebody who apparently has nothing better to do but spend $1000s of dollars. So totally unfair and not fun. **In response to developers: no you don’t take advice because if you did you wouldn’t have buyable heroes that give not enough medals to get to higher levels. I have to spend over two hundred dollars to get buy-only heroes over blue rating. Probably over 500 dollars to get to purple. And probably another thousand to get over yellow. This is insane. You are shamelessly making it fun only for people with massive bank accounts. AVOID THIS GAME IF YOU DONT MIND HAVING YOUR KINGDOM RAZED BY A BILLION PLUS PLAYER EVERY OTHER DAY. Yes. It’s that bad.
Only for big spenders now
By Country Chick 15
This game was really fun when my husband and I started playing a year ago. There was always something to construct, research, forge, and train. As we got higher, wait times got longer. Which isn’t that big of a deal if you’re even a little bit social because of the amazing people you meet on the game. There’s days that the only reason you log on is because of them as you have 100+ days left before your research finishes. A few months ago, however, the developers began to get greedy. They decided offering buyable heroes that takes $11,000 to max is a good idea. It went downhill fast from there. They are slowly edging out the free to play and moderate pay to play spenders (like myself) in favor of only having the ones that can spend more than a house costs. This is evidenced by their latest update coming in a few hours. The shields that protect our troops when we’re not able to be online (you know when we’re working for the money to spend on the game, or sleeping cause we aren’t bots), will no longer be effective against attacks. They have received countless complaints about this, but it seems they no longer care to listen to even the ones that do pay. I will lose so many of my guild mates if they implement this, which will cause me to quit as well. So they will successful in only wanting to have $$$ spenders. So if you can spend upwards of $50,000, then this game is for you!
There is no way to be competitive in this game without spending literally thousands of dollars. Overpowered guilds will regularly destroy your troops and steal your resources. It’s a completely unfair system of play that seeks to optimize cash flow for the developer and doesn’t take into consideration the average customer. Additionally, even if you’re willing to invest large amounts of money in the game, the developers do nothing to support you as a player. As a former guild leader in game managing one of the more powerful guilds, I spent over $7,000 on this game, all without receiving anything but a “thanks” from the developer. And even after spending that amount of money building up my troops and defenses, I was destroyed by someone with millions more might than me, which implies that that individual must have spent well over $20,000 on this game. In short, unless you’re a millionaire who likes giving away tens of thousands of dollars, do NOT download this game.
Also, after reading through other users’ comments, it’s funny to see how little IGG cares; they can’t even take the time to answer and acknowledge our complaints, but only use a cookie-cutter response that tries to get you to email them directly so they don’t have to air their dirty laundry. I have emailed IGG, twice, and they do not respond. Companies like this are ruining the mobile gaming marketplace.
Good game but could use some work
Starting off here, I think this game has some potential. It's really easy so probably not for hard gamers, but it's a great way to pass some time, and when I first got it, I thought to myself, "eh, when I get tired of it in a couple hours I'll just delete it." Well now I've been playing for a few days. I also love the idea that people that are in the same guild as you can help speed up your building time. I also like the idea of getting free builds by attacking (I think at least haha). Now, like most other games, this one could use some extra work. The screen looks very cluttered and messy, and is very confusing. There is just so much going on that it's a bit hard on the eyes. You can build an army that can last a long time and can choose who attacks and who defends, but I feel like I need more control over battles. For example, attacking other kingdoms, you can choose how many and who attacks, but other than that you can really only just watch the battle. I hope the devs read this, and if they are thanks! Also for those who are thinking about getting the game, it's not quite perfect yet, I personally think it deserves a try!
The Game is okay... for a while
By Boscuits and Tee
This is a very good game not only does it allow people of different languages and culture to get together and help each other grow and there are many game modes besides from the typical mechanic of attacking people and gathering resources. The problem is you can only do this for so long until you realize it’s pay to win. There isn’t one strong player in the game who hasn’t bought at least one premium hero or pack to help “strengthen” their kingdom and in the game outwardly throws these “deals” at you almost every time you log into the game and continues afterwards. People spend up to hundreds of dollars to enhance ONE premium hero to a legendary or even epic state. In my own personal experience in the game I’ve seen a person with 1 million soldiers go to 0 and they spent 50 dollars training them just for another person who spent even MORE to kill them. If you are a person reading this who doesn’t trust them self not to spend money to get ahead, don’t waste your money on this game it’s not a good idea. The only reason I gave this two stars is because, for a while, I enjoyed playing this game but I saw too many people with a lost sense of what a good game is. The answer to that by the way is equal chances to get ahead.