BreakingModern — Soldiers, this is the final battle against the disgraceful fools of Empire 14312232. For hours they have plundered our fields and desecrated our buildings, now we will make them pay the price!
See how I got you all pumped up there? That was a sample of the promos proffered during the early days of Machine Zone’s Game of War: Fire Age. The game was hyped heavily and included memorable TV spots with model Kate Upton. I thought, if the developers put in the effort of hiring a model to create a nerd fantasy, this must be a good game.
Use Your Resources
If I were to describe Game of War: Fire Age, I would say it was a cross between Age of Empires and Clash of Clans. The game is based on the mechanics of multiple resources, including wheat, stone, wood, metal and silver, which are used to erect buildings and train troops. It has an Age of Empires style to it because the resources aren’t just one-dimensional (like using gold solely as currency). Instead, players have access to multiple resources that emphasize balance. In other words, you’ll need to sacrifice some resources to obtain others.
The game also has an upkeep fee for all troops being trained. This limits the amount of troops a player can retain at any given time. This restriction prevents players from “stacking” their armies with too much firepower.
Be forewarned: Fire Age’s learning curve is steep. It takes a while to pick up all the complexities of the game. Luckily, the good folks at Machine Zone have included various quests along the way to help newbies. This quest system is nice for two reasons:
- It gives bonuses to the player.
- It guides you to your next destination.
Fire Age does a good job of mimicking the multiplayer aspect of Clash of Clans. But instead of clans, you have alliances. Alliance members can reinforce each other when they’re attacked and they can declare war on other alliances. In this respect I commend the designers for taking a popular game mechanic and building upon it.
Players can also maneuver to attack other players’ cities, deploying raids in a classic Clash of Clans fashion. What makes the game unique is the inclusion of a hero, which is like having a general at your command. The hero can be systematically upgraded and this adds a strategic RPG element to the proceedings. That’s a nice touch, in my opinion.
Overall, Game of War: Fire Age deserves a 9/10. With sophisticated mechanics, a great multiplayer aspect and awesome battles, the game easily lives up to the hype. For a mobile game, it brings the fun of an online multiplayer on the go. In fact, I would highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys multiplayer gaming. Game of War: Fire Age is free to download for Android on Google Play and Apple iOS.
All Screenshots: via Puching Zhang courtesy of Machine Zone, Inc.