Aug 20, 2013
Ambition. It’s good to have some, right? Aim for the best, be the biggest and beat the rest. Sounds good, doesn’t it? How about this for ambition – A mobile MMORPG where you battle through dungeons, take part in a card game, collect monsters, level up said monster, create a city, build and improve your city, collect resources and take over a persistent world map one square at a time. Does that sound ambitious to you?
Kingdom Conquest II is massive. It’s trying to be so many things at once, it’s hard to explain what it actually is. You start with a city that you need to build-up. OK, it’s a resource management game. But then your character, the King or Queen of the city, is whisked into a dungeon to kill some monsters. So now it’s a dungeon crawler. Then you’re told to ‘build a unit’ in the form of a deck of cards. So now it’s a card-battle game?
Truth is, whilst it’s all of these things it’s also none of these things. Not one element of Kingdom Conquest II stands out above the rest. Not one section of Kingdom Conquest II is done well enough for it to be considered its main strength or selling point. What you’re left with is a game that’s so jumbled that it will only appeal to a small number of people.
Every action seems to require a load of some sort. Every tap seems to pull data from the network and every swipe seems to tax whatever device you’re using to its fullest. It’s easy to see why this is the case. Kingdom Conquest II is a huge game and has some good visuals within it. But when the game is designed to be slow and then on top of that it runs slowly – well – you get one of the slowest experiences on the Android OS.
This is the point where I tell you I hated this game. I couldn’t get into it. It was too slow, too ponderous and there wasn’t one part of the game that ‘grabbed’ me. Having said that, I will say that I could see someone enjoying this. This will be a hugely niche title and for those that suckered into the game, there will be hours upon hours of content.
But for the rest of us, Kingdom Conquest II is just too much and too slow. A jack of all trades and a master of none.