|Publisher||Long Tech Network Limited|
|Platforms||Android 4.0.3 and up|
|Size||Varies with device|
From the team behind the Last Shelter: Survival comes another MMO Strategy game, the Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire. Long Tech Network Limited is seemingly trying to master this specific genre and if you are an avid fan of MMO Strategy game, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire will surely meet your expectations. If the Last Shelter takes you to a post-apocalyptic world, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire will take you back in time during the medieval era. The game is about dragons and mighty knights protecting their kingdoms. It follows a story of a fallen kingdom that tries to recover from the severe damage brought by the previous war. They were able to retreat the magical horn that allows them to summon the Dragonite. You, as their lord, are responsible for bringing the empire back to its former glory.
The mechanics of the game are generally simple and easily manageable. Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire works the same way with other MMO Strategy games. The goal is to build a sustainable empire and transform your kingdom into an indestructible stronghold. Much like most MMO Strategy games, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire will mainly focus on conquest and expansion. The game welcomes you with a short cinematic introduction before prompting you to your kingdom. The castle will serve as the heart of your empire and upgrading it will allow you to unlock more buildings that will increase your productivity and efficiency.
The game will take you to two main phases, the building phase, and the combat phase. During the building phase, the player will be asked to construct buildings that are needed to collect more resources and also to train more troops. The combat phase, on the other hand, takes you to an automated battle either against AI enemies or real online players. Although you are free to do almost anything in this game, you are still encouraged to complete your quests to progress. Each chapter is composed of five or more tasks that usually involve upgrading buildings, new construction, or engaging in a battle. After completing all the tasks, the player will be granted with chapter rewards that can be in the forms of additional resources or virtual currency.
Rebuild Your Kingdom
One of the best things you will surely appreciate with Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire is the overall progress of the game. The game will start with basic buildings and will eventually grow to a more sustainable empire. As you progress, you will be asked to construct production buildings like farms, lumbers, and mines that allow you to earn more resources. You will also be asked to construct military bases to train your army and make them more efficient in the battle. Like most MMO strategy games, the early phases here are fast and easily manageable. You can construct buildings with a lesser waiting time. Most of the early buildings will only take 10 seconds and more to construct.
However, the challenge begins when you have reached higher chapters. The waiting time for both construction and production buildings will exponentially increase as you progress. Some of which will even take hours to complete. You can, however, take advantage of powerups that allow you to speed up the waiting time. These powerups can be earned through quest rewards and other reward systems within the game. Alliances can also help you expedite the process as other members can help you lessen the waiting time.
Joining Alliance and Exploring the World Map
The alliance system will play a very crucial role in this game. This is where the multiplayer function comes in. As soon as you have joined an Alliance, you can immediately embrace all its perks. One of which is the ability to request help from your members. When constructing a building, you will have the option to request for help and this will notify the rest of your active members. They can send help to partially speed up the construction time. You can also do the same thing for your allies. There will be a designated icon that will display the current help requests from your alliance.
Aside from speeding up the projects, Alliance also has daily salary and upgradable Alliance technology to make your team more efficient especially when it comes to alliance battles. Speaking of which, your alliance can be engaged on a massive PvP or Alliance vs Alliance battles or even on a cooperative Monster rally. From time to time, you will also be asked to explore the world map to hunt for vicious monsters or to attack nearby kingdoms. Interestingly, your troops will be guided by your selected hero. When your castle reached a certain level, you will be granted the ability to recruit a new hero or better yet you can purchase recruitment tickets from the in-game shop for better results. Heroes are randomly generated and they all come in different skills and rarity.
Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire is a decent MMO Strategy game. The concept is not completely original and you will be greeted with the same MMO Strategy game formula that we are all familiar with. However, for those who enjoy such genre, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire will surely not disappoint you at all. It captures all the exciting RTS elements that make the game worth exploring. Appearance-wise, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire is an absolute visual delight. It comes with visually stunning designs that are accompanied by beautiful music that fits well with its medieval-inspired atmosphere. Currently, Rise of Empires: Ice and Fire is available for both Android and iOS devices and you can download this amazing MMO Strategy game absolutely for free. Good luck and have fun!