Sparta: War of Empires ReviewMay 23, 2016
Lay siege to your friends and strangers in this web based strategy game.
Sparta: War of Empires is a web based, free to play strategy game that was developed by Plarium, and has been around since 2014. The game is currently available on their website and on Facebook, which will allow you to directly invite and combat your friends.
The game itself has wonderfully detailed artwork and really puts the details into the environment and units that you are able to create and dispatch against your enemies. Each menu is designed to ensure that the player knows what they are supposed to do, and to look good while doing so. SWoE has a lengthy tutorial system that will guide you through almost every aspect of the game that needs explaining, helping you not only just set up your initial resource gathering and trading, but up until it is time for you to spy and raid on fellow players in your attempt to be the strongest ruler of Sparta. There are also many sites dedicated to Sparta Beginner’s Guides that can help you with your conquest along the way.
The game itself runs similar to a Clash of Clans, as you can gather resources, upgrade your buildings, and build your units to attack or defend your fortress against other invaders. You can also build defenses such as walls, towers and gates to ensure that if someone is going to come after you, you have as much of a chance to survive as possible. Be careful though because if you get too zealous (as i may have) and send all your troops away to attack other players, you will be left with nothing to defend and end up getting decimated.
The map not only shows the locations of your player enemies, but also shows enemy ai strongholds that you can attack and use to expand your own empire. Each stronghold/camp holds a specific level that you must send the right level of units to, or just get wasted trying to attack them. This is a great way to expand yourself across the map and really show the community who’s boss.
The community itself has been around for 2 years now and spans across Facebook and their forums. The players are always looking for ways to increase their player abilities, or try to make allies to ensure that they can continue to operate strong against whoever comes against them. They will also look for ways to trade supplies to ensure that the own economy based within the game stays healthy.
There is a micro transaction aspect to the game, but it is very possible to not spend a single penny in the game and still have a lot of fun over a long period of time. But if you do want to get ahead of the competition and get things completed faster, a few dollars spent would help you along to victory.
If you are a casual gamer, or someone new to the top down strategy genre, this may be a good starting spot for you as some games such a Total War can be very intimidating to those just breaking into the PC gaming market.