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Kingdoms & Lords Review: Strategy and Simulation In the Palm of Your Hands

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Posted August 18, 2012 by in Strategy & Simulation

Rating

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Total Score
 
 
 
 
 

4.5/ 5

Details

Developer: Gameloft
 
Latest Version: 1.3.2 (August 9, 2012)
 
Genre: Strategy and Simulation
 
Price: FREE
 
Game Reviews:
 
 
 
 
 

Pros:

turn-based battles, tons of buildings, and units to choose from, rpg elements
 

Cons:

best units and buildings needs diamonds to purchase
 
Verdict

The different types of buildings, units, and gameplay is by far the strongest point of Kingdoms & Lord. There are so many things you can do and Gameloft has done a great job in keeping the game more than just any ordinary RTS game. If only they can just cut the part where you have to spend in-app purchases then this game would be great and appealing.

by Paolo Nikko
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Gamers who have played Sim City before or Civilization will certainly love Gameloft’s new title called Kingdoms & Lords.  Real-time strategy games such as Starcraft or Warcraft III have already set gaming records for its gameplay and easy learning curve. However, when it comes to strategy games that involves around building units, structures and marching them to the enemy camp isn’t quite as easy when you’re playing on the small screen.

Strategy and Simulation

Gameloft has incorporated real time strategy into a whole new type of game that many gamers will be familiar with. If you have played Gameloft’s social game The Oregon Trail then you’ve pretty much got the idea. Instead of just farming for food and expanding your frontier, Kingdoms & Lords is combining simulation, strategy and a little bit of RPG elements set in under one roof.

Most of the time Kingdoms & Lords is spent in building your kingdom and training your troops for battle. Like most strategy games, you can’t construct units if you don’t have resources right? And in this game comes with a bunch of resources that you need to satisfy. Resources come in the form of stones, food, wood, clothing, gold coins and diamonds. Constructing structures is easy as buildings are labeled according to category and their uses like housing to increase your population,  military structures like barracks for training certain types of units, kingdoms,  farmland for income, decorations and a lot more to choose from.

Apart from being a real-time strategy guide, Kingdoms & Lords is also a time management game that lets players do lot of things to enhance their income in the game. They can either farm various crops, harvest wood, create textile or even mine rocks for resources. These resources can’t be gathered in just one game set-up but rather earned by spending a couple of minutes or hours depending on what type of stuff you are currently making.

Turn-Based Battles

Speaking of military structures, there are numerous types of units that you can train like swordsmen, spearmen, axe men, archers,  and even mounted units. Each unit has its own strength and weakness, so planning ahead is important as units you loss in the game will need to be retrained back in the barracks.  Units can also be upgraded by unlocking new set of skills for them to be even powerful.

Like we said before, Kingdoms & Lords is a strategy game, and hands down the battle scenes of the game is the most interesting addition to the gameplay. Instead of controlling numerous units and clicking them to attack, players will have to match-up with opponents by setting the right units on the battlefield. The fights are turn-based, (think of Final Fantasy) and placing the right units to counter the opposition is the key here if you want to win battles. To spice up things, there are other factors that can affect the battle. Players can use magic cards to turn the tide of battle. The only catch is, these magic cards can only be obtain using diamonds which is an in app-purchase that you have to make.

Every action you make in the game requires one energy to spend and that includes engaging in battles, harvesting your farm, building structures or collecting coins in your city. Unless if you have lots of physical money to spend, then you don’t have to worry about this part. Your energy bar slowly grows back every three minutes but then again you can always spend diamonds to gain more energy or to purchase other items for your advantage. The music is appealing and the graphics are great, as you could actually see squirrels running up and down the houses, or see your farm growing sunflowers with accurate details.

Diamonds, diamonds and more diamonds!

The only thing that is bringing down Kingdoms & Lords has to be the in-app purchases of diamonds. Almost all cool-looking buildings requires diamonds to burn. Although we can understand that Gameloft needs revenue but for those players who just can’t afford or refuse to spend real money will definitely be overpowered by other players who rake in cash for diamonds.

The different types of buildings, units, and gameplay is by far the strongest point of Kingdoms & Lord. There  are so many things you can do and Gameloft has done a great job in keeping the game more than just any ordinary RTS game. If only they can just cut the part where you have to spend in-app purchases then this game would be great and appealing.

You can download Kingdoms & Lords absolutely free at the Google Play Store
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About the Author

Paolo Nikko
Paolo Nikko

A graduate of Computer Engineering, Paolo is an Android enthusiast and spends most of his time programming and playing games. He is synonymous for the word customization, as he is curios for everything that surrounds him.

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