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Reign of War review: A Rise of Kingdoms clone by Elex

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Reign of War is a multiplayer Strategy game developed by Elex. This game has the makings of what could be a hit but falls short in a few ways that we’ll talk about. If you’re a fan of city builders, turn-based strategy, or Rise of Kingdoms, you might like it. Here in this article, we will review Reign of War and share our first impressions of the game and talk about what this game has to offer


The city building element is secondary to the game

Starting with the Reign of War review, the game gives you a city that operates as your central command center for your troops, however, it’s more of a training base for the units you use in combat. You’re able to place buildings wherever you’d like and upgrade them as you progress to increase the quality and strength of your units.

Reign of War Review

Your city is also where you summon special units like dragons, heroes, and powerful items. What the city lacks in uniqueness, it makes up for with customizability. The map that your city sits on is a grid system that allows you to put buildings wherever you’d like, giving you the ability to show off your personal style as a city planner.


Combat is the most important element in the progression

The combat system is really what makes Reign of War a strategy game. When entering combat, you use the units that you’ve summoned and trained in your city to fight it out with enemy units on a hex-based battlefield.

When initiating combat, which is initiated by attacking enemy units outside your city, or your city being attacked, you choose your units and the battle begins by either the player or the enemy making the first move. The goal is simple: destroy your enemy and move along. The combat is straightforward, dynamic, and satisfying. If you’re a fan of turn-based strategy games, this element may appeal to you.


The player is guided through progression in a unique way

When you first enter the game, you’re greeted by an advisor that introduces you to the core mechanics of play. After a short tutorial, you have the chance to build a few buildings, enter combat, and begin hatching your first dragon egg. What’s unique, is that the game gives you a single important goal to achieve, and backs it up with multiple individual goals that help you build your city further, create more units, and engage in more combat.

Reign of War Review

This allows the player to really get a feel for different elements of the game and make progress without feeling like they’re in a constant grind to get things done. Speaking of progression, pretty much everything in the game can be done in an instant by purchasing in-game currency.


In-game currency ruins the point of the game

If you purchase currency in this game using real money, it’s no longer a game. The mechanics of the game call for you to fight enemy units, build new units, progress through upgrading your buildings, and summoning heroes; this can all be bypassed through purchasing currency and using it to complete these things automatically.

Reign of War Review

Normally, that wouldn’t be a problem, because if that’s how you like to game, so be it. In this game, being that there is a multiplayer function that allows you to join other guilds, and sees cities owned by other players, it appears that your success and progress depends on how much money you’re willing to spend.


Final Verdict

In conclusion, Reign of War combines many different elements to make a pretty interesting game and doesn’t sacrifice a whole lot to do it. The gameplay was engaging, simple, and satisfying. The graphics are good, but they rely a lot on what appear to be premade assets and recycled content from other games, and the story fits this description as well. The game itself is basically a clone of Rise of Kingdoms and comes pretty close to it as far as graphics and gameplay are concerned.

The story in this game is not something to stick around for, and almost entirely lacks any originality. Being that you can play with others, but purchase everything with real money to progress, there doesn’t seem to be much of a reason to be proud of your city or units. In our opinion, it’s worth a shot but will likely not hold your attention for long.


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Reign of War Review
  • 6/10
    Gameplay Mechanics - 6/10
  • 7/10
    Graphics and Music - 7/10
  • 7.5/10
    Controls - 7.5/10
  • 5/10
    Game modes and Story line - 5/10
  • 2/10
    Pay to Win Elements - 2/10
5.5/10

Summary

In our opinion, Reign of War is worth a shot but will likely not hold your attention for long.

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