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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Pocket Empires Online - The Ultimate MMO Strategy game on Android!

Pocket Empires Online is an Android-only MMO strategy game developed by Pocket Play which consists of real-time continual game play. When starting the game for the first time, users are given a few options to choose from including which faction – Dragon or Phoenix – to belong to, gender and lord’s name.

When entering the game you will notice a playing board that is similar to other known strategy games such as Age of Empires or Civilization, where building, researching, and harvesting can be conducted. This game is time-based so building and research takes a certain amount of time as does travelling around the board. Reputation, Honor and Wealth increase as the levels of buildings get higher, monsters are fought and conquered, fights against the opposing fraction are won and troops or monsters are sold through the Pocket Empires Market. Eventually, a character will move on to conquer empty towns or towns belonging to the opposite fraction that reside on the open map – in or out of the War Zone – and which will in turn leads to a character being strong enough to conquer the strategically put Strongholds that give extra advantages.

Having personally been playing this game since last April and aside from the minor bugs – that used to be solved within a matter of a few hours – that are inadvertently introduced with previous updates and new features, no real problems with this game have been spotted. For anyone who likes persistent MMO strategy games, this would be the ideal candidate for non-stop fun. Just bear in mind that getting attacked when offline is inevitable!

Features of Pocket Empires Online:

  • Over 10 unique structures to build your city
  • Over 30 different creatures to be recruited or captured – including fraction-specific monsters
  • Over 40 technologies and 50 items to enhance your power, speed, defence
  • Massive map including Fraction sides and War Zone
  • Alliances that users can join for help and to fight in groups with ranks – Commander, Generals, Colonels, Captains and Members
  • Market where troops and monsters can be sold or bought
  • Unique in-game currency (gems) that is used to revive lost troops which can be acquired while playing as well as bought for $’s using PayPal or the user’s Mobile Phone Provider
  • Ongoing game updates introducing more exciting features
  • Titles and awards
  • Top Ranks

Pros of Pocket Empire Online:

  • In-depth game play with simple steps and many warriors willing to help anyone who joins their alliance
  • Real interactivity with buildings and monsters as well as spies
  • High-Quality graphics both in the initial page as well as on the map and fully customizable features
  • Great in-game and developer responsiveness
  • Huge numbers of warriors in both Fractions
  • Extensive list of reports available for fights, raiding, spying and stock management statistics
  • Practically indefinite gameplay
  • Huge variety of boosts available to be purchased with the in-game currency (Gems)

Cons of Pocket Empire Online:

  • No sound effects
  • Requires a certain degree of patience as buildings take some time to build and attacks can take hours in certain cases depending on the distance

Final Verdict

A solid title with great features that could keep anyone on his/her toes, especially when fighting warriors of the opposite fraction in the War Zone. Pocket Empires is free to download from the Android Market and ad supported with discrete adverts that appear only when using the menu.

Download Instructions

Via Android Market

  1. Go to 'Market' on your Android-powered device.
  2. Select 'Search'.
  3. Enter 'Pocket Empires Online' into the search field.
  4. Once you've found the 'Pocket Empires Online' app, touch to install.
  5. Follow the onscreen instructions to proceed with the installation.