As always when I write these things, Huge shout out and thank you to Kube Games for hooking me up with a copy of this one. Been looking forward to it for a bit and was not disappointed.
Now to start off, if you have no real experience with the 4X/grand strategy genre every, you need a game that will walk you into it and teach you the ropes. I won’t say this is the best game to start with, but it certainly is not the worst. It has a nice tutorial that will take about an hour or so to get through. There will still be plenty of things to master and learn, but this will get you moving.
As you go through this you will see quickly that the game looks nice, not breathtaking but these games never do. We aren’t talking about a high-end developer here, what we have is a small group of guys that love what they do and treat it like their children, and it truly shows. The graphics and sound serve the game well and at no point did I run into any graphical or sound issues that made me feel like this game wasn’t worth investing my time into.
The gameplay itself does a fantastic job of recreating that one more turn feeling that these games are known for. Every road built and every field to keep the population fed takes you one step closer to whatever goal you are working towards. That goal may be a new city, a new ally, starting a war, the choice is yours really.
That being said there were some things I didn’t much care for. Sometimes it seemed like allies would just turn on you or do some odd things, even if it wasn’t what was best for them. Similarly, loyalty also seems to change at odd times, for some reason I’ve had troops turn on me while winning wars but they weren’t all that disloyal to begin with.
I honestly don’t know what to say about this game. I don’t feel I can explain in enough detail to truly explain it in enough detail what it all entails, but I don’t want to skimp out on telling you what a great experience on what the game itself is. I have played plenty of games like this in the past, and I enjoyed this one. If you are looking for something to scratch that civilization itch, this game just may do it for you. It is a solid 8/10, and one I will be enjoying for a while. Best wishes and may the gaming gods bring you glory.