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Forge of Empires review: free until frustration sets in

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.

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.

Written by Daniel Chubb

Daniel is the CEO of Dansway Communications LTD and founder of product-reviews.net; a top blog dedicated to breaking tech news, hands-on reviews and delivers real solutions to everyday consumer electronics hang-ups.

Daniel now spends his time keeping an eye on the latest technology and business trends. Also developing other blogs/news sites in the entertainment and business industries.

Contact Daniel Chubb: daniel@product-reviews.net

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NAVEMAN3
NAVEMAN3

I played this game for a few weeks now. I was in the Iron Age and I was having fun with the game. Then suddenly 3 days ago, it wouldn’t load properly and I didn’t have time to wait hours or days since this has never happened before. I tried logging in again under my user name and email but then I saw a red box saying they never heard of me. I even clicked forgotten password and got the same thing. Turns out they deleted my account and I had to start all over and keep in mind, I… Read more »

Clete
Clete

I will share my experience with Forge of Empires. I have played for a little less than a year and finally reached the Progressive Era about a month ago. I then stalled. I had problems completing the research tree, problems wining sectors and provinces and problems acquiring expansions. I had an inventory of building, but no place to put them. I came to the realization that the game was not free, in order to advance you had to purchase diamonds. I refused to consider this as a possibility because I do not want my credit card information out on a… Read more »

Brian Novotny
Brian Novotny

Biggest con, all they want you to do is spend money and that is when you can, otherwise most of the time it just crashes the browser because they don’t know how to code, just draw pretty pictures

J A Shepherd
J A Shepherd

I love this game. I’m in the Late Middle Ages, with nearly a dozen great buildings. You can play this game without spending but you have to be patient. *When you start the game, look at the rankings pages and send only friend requests to players who have at least a million points. Their pub will have top of the line tablecloths (red) which could give you an extra forge point daily. I get at least six extra forge [points daily just visiting their pubs. *As soon as you have finished the research to enable you to join a guild,… Read more »

Debra Tramantano
Debra Tramantano

A total grind and waste of time. And, watch out, big brother is watching over you….don’t let friends help out with your great buildings or they will ban you. And prepare to spend, spend, spend if you want to get ahead. Not at all recommended

Kimberly Schultze
Kimberly Schultze

They rip the consumer off. I bought diamonds and played for a little over a week (Elvenar), I liked it too…until they started by not giving me my free builder when I purchased 1100 diamonds. Then I noticed the trader (where you trade supplies) wasn’t trading correctly and taking goods. Then I noticed that my supplies were not being added into my total. Then one of my spell casting charms only lasted 2 hours instead of 12 hours. Then I bought more diamonds and purchased a population boost for 330 diamonds (expensive, right?) Well no boost and no diamond refund.… Read more »

grm780
grm780

this game is definitely a scam you can get diamonds from inviting your friends and after you invite your friends they wont give you the diamonds.

Tonton beber
Tonton beber

I was enjoying this game for about 6 month until recent changes that completely ruin it … I won’t extend to pay-to-win features, which are common to every games in this category, but the recent addition on friend tavern, and a modification of points spending in the construction of great buildings, which is now in test, make this game a click-to-win. The only skill you need to play (other than credit card), is to be able to click tens of time a second …

Ely Swan
Ely Swan

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Doureo
Doureo

I played it for some time and found it to not be fun at all.

Abhijeet Roy
Abhijeet Roy

I am enjoying this game. As the review says key is maintaining balance. And you don really need to be desperate for diamonds. If you can produce the right goods and trade smart many of the research items can be obtained and stages unlocked. This has been my experience and I am on the verge of entering early middle ages of the game.

john martin
john martin

I’ve never understood the fascination with games like this. It seems an even bigger waste of time than casually “surfing the net”, which at least offers some potential for learning something useful or uplifting.

archie7699
archie7699

No thanks! I can see easily that it’s just another game designed to wring money from suckers. Whoever spends the most dollars rules the roost, but never wins. Because there is no winning or losing in a game like this. It just goes on forever. In similar games, the dominators are wealthy shut-ins with the emotional maturity of children.

Good Enough
Good Enough

Why do i get to a point where my forge points does not unlock anything anymore…it’s just no use for it now…freaking frustrating. I wouldn’t have bothered to start had i known it would end up here…what a total waste of my time….

Poppins
Poppins

My advice is do not waste time or money on any Innogames game.
Carefully read the unfair and abusive rules.
InnoGames reserves the right to block the player’s account without giving reasons.
It does not matter if money has been spent or not, and there is no refund.
And if you search the net for reviews or complaints, you will see that this is common practice.
It’s a shame because the game is very good.

Ryan
Ryan

i think the game takes forever to age. Before long it becomes boring

chris demars
chris demars

i play it..if u have kids…i recommend not letting them play it…this game is advertised on porn websites. constantly see pple asking for sex in global…pple with names like lickmyasshole and so on play this game…have fun lettin ur children play with potential pedos…after the 4th or 5th person i realized…they arent lying inno is.

sonatherun
sonatherun

Their servers are so bad it’s impossible to play too many hours of the day, or perhaps that’s just for those who do not pay to play.

Randall Craig
Randall Craig

Don’t play this game if you want family members to join in on any kind of Fun. they Restrict you account from helping other that are on the same internet connection. Not even the same computer just the same internet. What family has more then one internet in their house. Not a family/ Group friendly game. Even if it works beware if you go to a hotel on vacation cause then you all get banned then. Wonder what would happen if a group of you played at a library. Nope can’t help each other out. Just rely on the thousands… Read more »

ramonzarat
ramonzarat

False representation. You can’t finish the game in an acceptable manner unless you buy diamonds. This is NOT the definition of FREE…

Ichi SAO
Ichi SAO

I started this game on my phone and used money on it.. now i can’t play on my phone. if that’s not a scam idk what a scam is…

Tan
Tan

I’ve been playing this game for 2 years, its one of the best browser games i’ve played.
Beta server is my main. Please Don’t listen to ppl who tell you its a scam and you cant play it without spending money. I Have NEVER EVER bought a single diamond yet, ive reached the end of tech tree and im in top 20 Rankings.(19.8 million points).
All you need is patience, the game can be slow at times, yes….but if you have a good guild and friends list, it surely decreases the boredom.

Ed Amagna
Ed Amagna

I been playing this game for years and at Future Era now and never spent a penny. I am a founder of a guild (TheRighteousLegion) in Cirgard World and very sure this is not a scam game of any sort like others are saying. ..it is how you play it. Join me in the guild and I’ll guide you how. I am known as Chainarmor .

Daniel Marcotte
Daniel Marcotte

the gameplay was interresting but the pvp part is stupid! i kept being attackd and plundered by high level players without anyway to defend.. this is a no go for me!

ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSesONFireeee
ASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSesONFireeee

You guys are a bunch of dumbs, been playing since 1,5 year back…just grow some form of brains and think…not rush the ages then you can collect enough gold and wares to trade without the problems you are facing. Also try to get the wishing wells, the shrines and watch towers in the special events, besides the great buildings then you wouldn’t even need to spend any money at all ever. Diamonds are a bit of a cheat…but it’s not dependable unlike many other f2p games this is all free…that means no need to buy diamonds if you don’t really… Read more »

Nicolas
Nicolas

Dear all, I have been playing this game for over 2,5 years. I have purchased diamonds on 1 occasion which would be equal amount for a boxed game in shop. It is not required to spend money accepting that you will never be in top 10 rankings. I have been enjoying the game. It entices you to log on as often as you want. Nice graphics, nice ideas, nice fighting units with lots of different skills. The developers have set out a good set of rules to try the system not to be abused. Here is where the frustration sets… Read more »

Stan
Stan

Only been playing about 1 month now. I initially thought this was an interesting game that I could play without having to constantly monitor it…having learned my lesson from Evony. However I now realize that there was another lesson from Evony I should have learned – It’s all about the money for the game developers. I’m currently in a neighborhood where the top player has 1.5 million points and has maxed out on the tech tree. The next 2 highest scorers don’t have that many points combined. This player has been in this position as long as I have been… Read more »

Peter
Peter

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

Death Ouron
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… Read more »

jiri
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.

Kevin McCarty
Kevin McCarty

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jiri
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.

Natalie
Natalie

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

daisyandus
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… Read more »

Warmonger12
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… Read more »

Shoelessjoe356
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… Read more »

william
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… Read more »

lazo
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… Read more »

MaryT
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… Read more »

razaroff
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’… Read more »

Bmacd
Bmacd

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

Ruler
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… Read more »

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