Adventure awaits, patience not included - Build your kingdom, forge your alliances, and make yourself a legend in this visually stunning MMO mobile game.
Throne: Kingdom at War is a Browser MMO game, released by Plarium in August 2016. While it does have its little quirks that can serve to be an annoyance to some, its overall gameplay, visuals, and gaming structure make it yet another incredible addition to the avid gamer’s collection. With new players continuing to join every day, it is a game that is well worth checking out, with some heavy addiction warnings in place (coming from personal experience).
The game does a good job of helping you out right from the start. Upon opening the game, you’ll be led through a guided tutorial (hosted by a buxom blonde), who gives you a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the game’s world-building. The game is set in the fictional kingdom of Amaria, and your lovely guide thinks that you have what it takes to be the new ruler of all. In addition to flattery, her other strength is taking you through some important simulations. After building a couple of farms and mines, training some soldiers and a quick raiding mission, you’ll be left to your own devices to explore and expand on the things you’ve been shown. If you’re feeling overwhelmed afterwards, take heart - the game does an excellent job of supporting you should you need it, with a built in recommendation system to guide you in your quests if you feel stuck.
In the beginning stages of the game, you’ll be spending a lot of your time ricocheting between building your army and building your town, especially when you can’t attack other kingdoms until a certain amount of time has passed. But conquering other kingdoms is only part of the fun - the game has so many layers to it that you could spend hours on completing Quests and Errands, without casting so much as a glance at the rest of the kingdoms around you. Although once you go have the green light to go pillaging, you’ll be able to watch your army march there in real time, which is definitely one of the cooler features of the game.
The game has so many layers to it that you could spend hours on completing Quests and Errands, without casting so much as a glance at the rest of the kingdoms around you.
Whether it’s because you’re waiting for the clock to run out on an upgrade or you’re just taking a break, there’s lots to look at on this game. For starters, the graphics are among the best (which is no surprise considering Plarium’s other visually stunning games). The attention to detail is evident in the different kinds of brickwork alone that make up the various buildings . You can even feel a little like an omniscient overlord as you watch your minions carry on about their day, watching as they work, rest, and even clean (my own personal highlight was being able to watch a bear make his way down the river and hunt for fish).
The only downside to this (aside from the obvious draw on your data/downloading capabilities as well as your battery life, if playing from mobile), is that the screen is very… full. There’s so much data and so many individual buttons to get you to different menus that your screen can feel very small at times, regardless of whether you’re on a tablet or other mobile device. Some many be able to ignore it after a while, while others may find themselves feeling a little claustrophobic.
Playing the game is 100% free. Building your army doesn’t cost a dime, lire, or rupee. But what it does take is time, and plenty of it . Like in other RPG games, the higher your level, the more you can do. The same is true of the buildings you make. Want to train your soldiers in even more battle tactics? You’ll have to level up your Academy, and it’ll cost you 46 minutes. Want to level up your palace to a Level 6? That’s well over an hour of your time.
This is where the brilliance and the danger of the game comes in. If you don’t want to wait the full time, you can use a Boost to get you through (which basically fast-forwards the gameplay in 1, 5, 10, 15, and thirty minute increments, all the way up to an hour and beyond to even a day of fast-forwarding). Throughout the start of the game, you’ll collect these regularly and you’ll have a solid supply of gold. But the more you build and the more you level up, the more you’ll find yourself waiting for something to finish building before you can start something else. This is where the “free” line gets blurred - you can build through the game faster and skip through time, but only if you’re willing to pay for it. Boosts and other goodies are always available for purchase, something the game does a good job of reminding you of.
One of the important elements of the game to consider is joining an order. In an Order, leaders get to join together and coordinate their raids. They can also support each other as they grow their kingdoms. As you build and your wait times grow longer and longer, you can ask for help from the members of your order (each person who agrees to help takes off 1% or 1 min of your wait time, so the size of your order matters). They’re also very helpful, and if you’re still unsure of what to do and need some advice, the Order chat is a great place to learn from other gamers.
This game has it all: a solid storyline, beautiful graphics, incredible world-building, and alliances to support you. Despite the increasing wait times (which really do put a price on your patience) and the busy main screen, this is a game that you could easily get lost in and never want to return from.Ready to enter the world of Throne: Kingdom at War? Click here to play now!
What We Liked..
Deep immersive gameplay
Amazing visual graphics
Cooperative gameplay through Orders
.. and what we didn't
Serious advancement costs time/money
Battery life on mobile devices
On-screen extras can get overwhelming
What we liked..
.. and what we didn't