The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth Review

The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle Earth Review

Nov 15, 2012

The Hobbit is a lot like Arcane Empires which we previously reviewed. The premise of the game is very similar, as goal is to create a strong city is both self-sufficient and able to defend itself against the goblins and any other attackers that may want to take the town over.

The game starts out by asking for a choice between two types of cities; elves or dwarves. Both cities have the same goals and quests for the most part. The main difference is cosmetics. The dwarf city is underground, elf city is on the plains/forest.

Throughout the game, their different recommended quests to go on. While completing a quest isn’t necessarily something that requires leaving the city, by following the recommendations the city will be fully functional and ready for attacks after the initial six days of protection are lifted.

After a few of the recommended tasks are completed, the city will start to grow. Once the city starts to grow and more resources are readily available, it’s time to start training an army and scouting the surrounding areas. Depending on which type of city chosen, the types of warriors will vary slightly. For example the dwarves have ax throwers and the elves have archers.

A cool thing about the game is there can be more than one world being played at one time. Jumping back and forth between several worlds will keep the game more exciting. While buildings are being built or upgraded in one world, jump over to the second world and start training troops and building buildings.

The currency of the game is Mithril. It can be purchased with real world money or by doing simple things like signing up for an account. Signing up for an account is probably the easiest way to get the most free Mithril (75). Another way to get free Mithril to login to Facebook.

There’s actually a lot to this game, and it’s definitely not something that can be finished in an afternoon. The Hobbit will also work in the background. What I mean is that while buildings are being constructed or troops are being trained, the game doesn’t need to be running. This means, construction can be started on a building at night then in the morning, the building should be constructed and already producing.

Order and Chaos Online Review

Order and Chaos Online Review

Jul 11, 2011

Few companies have embraced Android with as much fervor as Gameloft. Take a look through the most impressive, Triple-A titles available on the Android Market and you’ll find that a decent number of them were developed by the company. It should come as no surprise then, glancing at the lavish screenshots below, to find that Order and Chaos is another Gameloft title. To say the game is impressive is to massively understate the point. To say it looks ever so slightly like World of Warcraft is to state the bleeding obvious.

Order and Chaos is a 3D MMO that takes it cues from Blizzard’s behemoth, as well as cherry picking the best bits from the current generation of successful online RPGs. The fact that Gameloft have managed to shrink down the template to fit it into your pocket is remarkable, but what’s even more remarkable is the way that it all works.

Playing Order and Chaos is smooth and simple. Anyone who’s played an MMO will be instantly at home, and anyone who hasn’t is treated to simple hints to help them through. You can choose one of four races, Elves, Humans, Orcs and Undead, and one of four classes, Ranger, Warrior, Monk and Mage. Then you’re let loose into the enormous world to loot, grind, quest and raid to your heart’s content. Order and Chaos is a staggering achievement, a massively multiplayer game that fits so comfortably in your pocket it almost beggars belief.

Some people might find the freemium model off-putting, others might find the whole thing a little too close to WoW, but none of this should take away from the incredible job that Gameloft have done in building the game.

Order and Chaos, along with the rest of Gameloft’s catalogue, demonstrates just what the Android platform can do. It’s engaging, addictive and jaw-droppingly beautiful. Once you’ve gotten over just how good the game looks, you’ll find a huge adventure waiting for you. Buy it, show it off to your friends and get them to buy it too.

Crusade of Destiny Review

Crusade of Destiny Review

May 4, 2011

Sometimes, it’s okay to do things by the book. There’s no shame in finding a formula that works and then sticking to it, especially if that formula is one that has brought joy to an awful lot of people. That, at least, seems to be the ethos behind Crusade of Destiny, the new action RPG from Dvide Arts Incorporated.

Crusade of Destiny casts you in the role of an elf-like warrior, who sets out on a quest to rid the world of evil, kill various spectacularly enlarged insects and mammals, loot their corpses and find, fetch and carry a variety of objects to and from people and places. In other words, it’s exactly like every other action RPG you’ve ever played, except this time, it’s on your Android-powered device.

The controls are simple, with a big on-screen button controlling your movement and attacks and items and actions controlled with taps on interchangeable icons. You can move the camera angle around with a swipe, but it’s an unwieldy method and the game could do with a camera that follows you around instead.

The graphics are solid but far from overwhelming, and the sound is almost exactly what you’d expect from an RPG you can play on your phone. In fact, it’s fair to say that everything about the game is almost exactly what you’d expect from an RPG you can play on your phone. That’s not a bad thing though, the developers have set themselves a task and stuck to it admirably.

Crusade of Destiny isn’t without its problems – the lack of a map is the biggest of these. While you can purchase maps of the areas you find yourself in, you don’t start off with any money, which means you spend a lot of the start of the game flailing around in the dark, trying to trace your steps in a landscape that all looks the same.

Cliches aren’t the worst things in the world, but if you’re looking for something original and refreshing, Crusade of Destiny isn’t going to be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re a fan of Zelda and its ilk, and you fancy a little questing on your phone, then it could be right up your street.