Feb 23, 2017
Idle doesn’t have to mean lazy. Case-in-point – Ekkorr’s Endless Frontier. Released in 2016, it takes incremental gaming back to its RPG roots, with a fantasy setting and an action-packed battle between good and evil.
One millennium ago, a hero called Erin has vowed to defeat the Prince of Darkness and his hordes. But Erin’s too weak, and is beaten. Thankfully this is a fantasy world, where respawning is as normal as blowing your nose – so Erin comes back from the dead, returns to the frontline and tries again.
You’re responsible for a band of fighters fulfilling Erin’s quest, making their way passed waves of enemies’ one stage at a time. This being an idle game, you don’t actually have to get involved in the on-screen dust-up. Instead, your job is to manage the resources as they pour in, spending them on upgrades and unlocking new units in order to progress beyond the more difficult stages.
There are 1,500 stages in total, so don’t expect to speed run your way to glory. The reward in Endless Frontier comes from getting that little bit further each time you work your way up from stage one.
Drawing heavily from the world of MMORPGs, you can join and create guilds, playing co-operatively or competing with rival guilds. There’s a solo PvP arena mode as well, if you fancy taking on some of your fellow players. Not many idle games include that level of extra gameplay.