Forge of Empires review: free until frustration sets in

 

By Posted 8 May 2013, 13:27

Over the years I’ve put in thousands of hours playing strategy games, from some of the latest attempts to classics like Red Alert and Age of Empires. After seeing Forge of Empires advertised during the new Da Vinci TV Series, I thought this new online strategy game would be worth a quick review for our readers. That hands-on time was meant to last around an hour, but has since turned into over 10 hours playing thanks to what has been an addictive game in the early stages.

Forge of Empires has everything you would want from a game although it is run directly from the browser with no need to install a game, which will impress those that rarely play online strategy games on PC or Mac.

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Get ahead by following the tasks set for at least the first hour – The game is designed to teach you how to play from the moment you start with a system that rewards you for taking small steps with set tasks, although you can go your own way but you’ll soon learn you missed out on some extra bonuses that could have been yours if you undertook set tasks. If you want to progress up the ranks fast then we recommend you perform the tasks offered for the first hour at least.

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The image above shows one such task and details what is required, the reward you will get for performing the task and an option to skip. It is worth noting you don’t have to do all of the tasks and some could lose you more than you gain, especially if the reward is hidden.

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Forge of Empires menus – There is so much you can do via the menus in Forge of Empires and this quick review won’t cover anywhere near as much as you can do, but in the photo above you can get a quick look at the building menu and other tabs that deliver more options. These tabs include Product Buildings, Goods Buildings, Cultural Buildings, Decorations, Military Buildings, Roads and Expansion.

We understood after around 3 hours of playing that you need to get the balance right when building different things, if you build too many homes then your people are unhappy and need different decorations to make them happy like trees, flowers and other special decorations that cost diamonds.

It is a good idea to always have more happiness for your people and then their happiness will be enthusiastic once it’s at 120% of the goal, which then delivers a lot more productivity.

If you build too much then you can run out of land to build and this means a need for expansion, which can get complicated involving costly research of new technologies. The key tip here is balance of what you spend, what you build and the resources gained from those buildings.

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Forge of Empires crates on buildings – In this screenshot above you can see a number of crates above buildings, which are now ready for collection. When you click these they reward you with something, which in most cases is coins and supplies in the early stages of gameplay.

When you first start building it is good to remember balance again and building too many huts right away could be a bad thing, which is thanks to huts delivering a lot less coin from citizens although in a faster time (all resources take a different a mount of time to arrive).

After progressing further it is good to have better homes like a Villa in the Iron Age, which delivers +120 coins every hour when your citizens are enthusiastic. This beats collecting +7 coins every few minutes when the homes are just huts, so don’t build too many in the early stage of gameplay or you will waste much needed land that you might need later.

When you logout of the game it will still carry on while you’re away, although you will only gain the coins and supplies when in a game and clicking to collect them. If you are away for a while make sure you research supplies for a longer amount of time, so you can collect bigger when you come back.

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Forge of Empires is free until frustration sets in – this quick review will be followed up with more articles delivering news on updates to Forge of Empires, and also information from future reviews after we give the game more hands-on time. The screenshot above shows you how much it costs to purchase diamonds in Forge of Empires, something we wish there had been a cheat for to get free diamonds, which is impossible considering this is how the game creators make their money.

Diamonds help you do things a lot quicker in Forge of Empires and while you can earn some diamonds for free, the majority cost you real money although this is how the game makes money considering it is free to get started. The game developers created a system that is geared around diamonds and you are enticed to purchase them in almost all areas of the game, from researching new technologies to fighting an army in battle. You are given the option to spend diamonds everywhere and if you don’t have them, the game will gladly take your pounds, dollars or what ever currency you choose.

This is a smart move by the games creators and we have purchased 2,000 diamonds on two occasions, which equaled about the cost of a boxed game you’d normally purchase. This cost came from a game that we thought had been free at the start, if you’re like us and get frustrated by waiting a long time to research or gain something then you could finding yourself parting with real cash to speed up the process.

Have you played Forge of Empires yet? This is only a quick review of the online game and we will follow up with more insight in the coming days and weeks. We very much doubt there’s any Forge of Empires cheats, but some tips can help you progress faster so feel free to share yours in the comments. You can also see the game trailer below.

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  • Ruler

    1) FOE has become a question about spending money. We have a good time playing, but if you really want to go for the top-10 you need to spend a LOT OF MONEY on buying diamonds etc.

    2) The game do not offer equal terms for playing. Some clans are getting more opportunities for winning the battle for the towers ( a weekly battle), from where they receive more medals – and for medals you can expand you city, which gives you a huge advantage. Some clans have been favored by the FOE-Support team – and we have the feeling that our money are not as valued as other clans.

    On equal terms, this could be a fantastic game – but FOE are to much focused on us (the players) buying diamonds for real money and the support arrogant them selves.

  • Bmacd

    FOE appears to be another Evony to me. I spent Two months and about $300 on that one.

    • mike

      yeah like Evony and goodgames empires, I play good game empire, but have had to upgrade larger buildings not using rubies, just cant afford them anymore. I will probably get to a good level, Im 39 at moment. Problem with goodgame one , is that there is no global economy. So if you run short on food, you just cant go and sell 47k of wood, and purchase more food with the proceeds. This seems much the same, better to make it full subscription like WoW or SWTOR.

  • razaroff

    In fact the game becomes virtually unplayable without spending significant amounts of real cash money once you get to the late middle ages. By this point in the game, all players are required to spend massive amounts of specific resources to move forward in expansion, quests, and acquisition of any new technology. While the game is designed to allow players to trade resources, in reality every player needs massive amounts of the same resources to move forward, so there are rarely any of the necessary resources actually available for trade. The only way to move forward is to purchase ‘diamond’ tokens for ridiculous amounts of real cash in order to continue to progress in the game. I would not recommend playing this game to anyone. It is a complete rip-off.

  • MaryT

    I have been playing for over a year and have not purchased any diamonds. Occasionally, a quest will reward you with a nominal amount of diamonds which you can save up and spend. All in all, it does take time to amass goods, coin, etc. and you can expedite this by building “Great Buildings” but you will still need to put in the time to acquire the necessary blueprints and goods to do so. You will thrive if you join a trade-friendly guild which will help you in acquiring the goods you need to complete a task.
    The seasonal quests the developers add to the game are a big plus to those who have stuck with this online game. Players are looking forward to the guild vs. guild battles in FoE which are forthcoming in 2014.

  • lazo

    Im playing over 1/2 year. The game is boring. samo samo. But what realy pisses me off, is their hatred against people in the same household playing. You cant donate to eachother, so afraid that people make 2 toons and get an advantage above players with 1 toon. The pvp sucks. it aint player vs player but player vs computer. Than the level of playing is throwed together. how you think you win a fight with a knife vs a canon or even a tank??? big diamond players r big bullies. you have hardly chance to win medals or keep your goods. The game is unfair, i guess like all games where you can buy advantages. Also the costumercare is a big disapointment. All they think is about their cash flow, not how players think. on a scale 0-10 a big 3 for me. not worth my time anymore :(

  • william

    This game is a scam if you invest in buying diamond. I payed a couple thousand in this game and followed all the rules. I played in three worlds so when progress slowed into one I could play the other worlds.Then one day my account was said I was banned when I went to sign it. After appealing over and over come to find out its was because I had one person donating lots of forge points to my great buildings in two of my worlds. I didn’t know this person but I was grateful he was choosing to donate to my great buildings. He would also receive forge points, medals, and blue prints for himself to get great buildings thats the point of the game unless you buy your great buildings like I did. Well come to find out that person is the reason I was banned. They accused me of having a push account and saying this person who I never knew except by this game. They said that was my push account. I know it isn’t and I also know I put a lot of time in money into this game and I felt heartbroken after my hard time, work , and money I put into this game only to be falsely accused and banned for something I had no idea about. They insisted I had a push account after much appeal. People please be very aware of buying into this game because it can be taken from you without notice. That being said I just on here to warn people they obviously don’t have a very good system to distinguish cheats from non cheats. Im only posting this message a hoping I can save some from heartache and a lost of money if you get addicted and start going crazy buying diamonds. Bewre and I hope you think twice about my experience. There are other all over the internet that I have found since this happen to me.
    thank you,
    wjsj

  • Shoelessjoe356

    I love FoE! I haven’t spent a single dime on diamonds, and I don’t see that it’s diminished my enjoyment of the game a bit. The tip below to get into a trade friendly guild is essential. It not only eases the acquisition of goods one needs for advancement, but also creates a sense of community. I have many friends now that I’ve met through FoE. I think patience is key because advancement can be slow at times while you’re waiting for production and money to develop in your city. But as that’s a lot like real life, I find that the realism enhances the game.

  • Warmonger12

    I spent 2 years in this game and what a total waste it has been.
    Support does not treat the customers with any respect even though they
    sign off “Respectfully” I had a building go missing and wrote to
    support and told they cant do anything and it was the server. I told
    them where to stick my missing building(a reply in support. And because
    I said ass, I got banned permanently. The Appeal, is handled by
    DarkArtist69. They say there is no tolerance for pornography, even
    implied, so why do they let that idiot as a moderator. He has been
    going on for a week about me not understanding that I was wrong and will
    never do it again. I said I would never contact support again, yet he
    insists that that somehow means I go about cussing at everyone. I have
    NEVER said anything in game play, ONLY in support when I reacted to
    their unwillingness to correct a problem. Don’t invest time or money
    in this because it will frustrate you and then you have to deal with the
    supreme tyrant DarkArtist69 belittling you with his personal vendetta. One word on my behalf because I was wronged, and 2 years down the drain. Way to go Innogames

  • daisyandus

    I’ve played about 18 months and have only purchased diamonds once about a year ago before I figured out it wasn’t really necessary. I’ve played without a single cash purchase for well over a year. Twice I’ve contacted Support and received answers promptly. I’ll be the first to admit it’s a slow moving game, but I like that. I played Evony and got tired of having to watch my account 24/7 for fear it would be gone. This is a much more stable game, albeit slower.

    Other players may have different experiences but as long as you get in a good, established guild, things move along just great.

  • Natalie

    What is Forge of Empires rated? because i am 11 and i would really like the game

  • jiri

    Do not play this game ever. This is only rip off game. You can’t play this game with no money. I spend hundreds dollars and I can’t move forward.

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  • jiri

    This game is scam. All hacks diamonds generators are scam too. Never ever you will get any diamonds only millions junk emails and phone calls. you can’t win with game software if owners make everything to get your money. if you will spent thousand dollars software will always keep you a level down We will public true story about this game soon.

  • Death Ouron

    I’ve been playing this game since it was an open beta. 2+ years now and am one of the longest standing veteran players still active within the game. I am now leaving the game as it has been completely destroyed with new updates over the past year. The company has become far too greedy and everything they do is to try and ruin the game for none spenders. Even those who spend a lot get ripped off when items they pay for with real cash get nerfed and become far weaker than they were advertised to be.

    If that wasn’t bad enough, wait until you see their updates, better known as bugdates. You will see a constant stream of unfinished, bug ridden features being pushed into the live servers despite the issues all being pointed out on the beta server during the testing stages. Poorly thought out features, full of problems and exploits, will be the highlight of each update which you see, offering a badly coded, bugged up mess which comes to live release in an unfinished state.

    The most recent issue is a new building from a football event called the Hall of Fame, better known as the Hall of Shame. In the game there is a fairly new feature which is GvG (Guild vs Guild) in which you compete to claim sectors on multiple province maps. Each sector gives “prestige” to a guild which then adds to the guilds rank on the leaderboards. GvG has been in the game for around 4 months now and many players have fought their way into high ranking positions with their guilds, putting in a lot of time and effort to earn their rank.

    The Hall of Fame offers prestige to the guild of the person who owns the building. They don’t have to put in any effort to earn their prestige/rank, they simply pay with diamonds to get as many of these buildings as possible. The time, effort and hard work of the genuine players in the game has yet again been spat on by the corrupt, greedy company that is Innogames. All in an attempt to try and force people into paying them to keep the rank that they have earned.

    Innogames is the most corrupt and greedy gaming company I have ever come across. I am a long term gamer and have thousands upon thousands of hours invested into online games and never before have I seen such a disgraceful act of disrespect from a company to their customers. The things which have been done in this game over the past year are absolutely disgusting and Innogames should be ashamed of themselves for the actions they have taken in attempt to fuel their greed.

    I would not recommend this game to anybody, nor would I suggest that anybody play an “Innogame” at all. Once you begin playing you will be screwed over time and time again by the company and if you choose to pay for premium items you will only find that, in the very near future, the item which you spent your hard earned money on will be completely changed and you will be stuck with something which is nothing near what you paid for.

    This company is a complete disgrace and does nothing but show disrespect to their player base and customers.

    Death Ouron.

  • Peter

    Played the game before the Giant buildings came out….was fun. Now its just really really buggy.