Dec 1, 2014
Magecraft: The War is yet another in a very long line of freemium city builders for mobile. Aping games like Clash of Kings and injecting a well-worn fantasy vibe does it stand out?
Magecraft starts off a lot like most city builders. Starting with a threadbare base, the player must construct buildings and crank out troops to capture resources from enemies and become stronger and gain experience to become even stronger and so on. All player cities exist on the same map so rather than the arbitrary â€œneighborsâ€ system common in other social games cities must be marched to to be attacked and distance always matters.
Unfortunately Magecraft makes this all rather boring. The game has no action in it. There is little in the way of tactics since the player has access to only a few troop types and the gameâ€™s ho-hum fantasy setting isnâ€™t engaging. Other games like Fire Age simply feel more epic.
Like most games of this type, Magecraft features a guild system. I could not really find a use for this in game as no wars were happening and the players seemed more interested in talking about anything other than the game.
This dullness is not helped by some of the longest timers yet seen in a freemuem game. It takes 2 and a half hours to train a decent amount of low level troops and resources tick up so slowly that buildings must be upgraded multiple times to even gain a trickle of resources. Of course all these upgrades also take time. This makes MageCraft a very slow experience indeed and it is simply not an enjoyable game.
Magecraft: The War looks a few years old. Buildings are generic static sprites while troops barely make an appearance at all. There is just nothing interesting to look at.
MageCraft: The Warâ€™s interface really needs work. It often takes multiple taps on buttons to get the game to register and tapping on buildings is often unresponsive.
Magecraft: the War is an uninteresting game further hamstrung by very slow gameplay a poor interface, lack of player interaction and a lack of anything to differentiate it from the scores of games like it on the Play Store. Players should check out Game of War: Fire Age or Clash of Kings instead.