Review Empires and Allies
Interesting military strategy in real time
Author: Tariq Abdulla
Date: 06 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One S
Decent animation, quality graphics, interesting game play
Empires & Allies for Android is an impressive base-building strategy game. Build, recruit, build; and lead your allied forces against a global "terrorist" army. The animations really bring the game to life, especially the way forces are deployed onto the battlefield with giant Chinook helicopters. I'm also very impressed by the fact that there's a whole world map for the campaign you need to work through; with a base to attack in every country. Even if this doesn't really make a whole heap of sense; it does at least mean that people playing it (your kids perhaps) will also pick up some completely incidental geography. The map is actually on a 3D earth model that you can zoom and rotate.
The base building is pretty linear and hand-holding at the start. But this "tutorial stage" doesn't last for too long, and there are a lot of different units to look forward to. Including plenty of tanks! You can also upgrade existing units and (importantly) you don't lose all your units just for sending them into battle.
You have airstrikes, including one which you can actually guide as it's coming down towards the target. There are some obvious strategies, like taking out all the defensive towers with airstrikes to minimise the harm done to ground units. You can join alliances to get some bonus loot when other people win. After a while, you are able to attack other players' bases. But watch out that you stand a good chance of winning, as they may have a lot of defensive towers and ground units. Also, remember that you can get attacked too, so be sure to pump up those defenses.
This is probably one of the most convincing strategy war games I've ever played on the mobile platform.
A fun and engaging pseudo-RTS game
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 10 Jul 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Excellent animations, bases feel alive, beautiful graphics
Long wait times, needless tutorial
I’m typically not a fan of city builders because they all end up feeling the same. Empires and Allies for Android doesn’t do much to really shake that same feeling, but it does bring some really high production value to the table which sets it above the type of games you’d normally play.
The game leads with the same introduction city builder fans have seen for years but players can quickly jump through and get to the meat of the game, which is, well, base building. Players collect resources, build up their base, produce units, and use said units to fight against other players or missions in campaigns.
PvP is pretty straight forward and most matches don’t really look any different from campaign missions. You’ll fight against another person’s base to win larger spoils of war and they’ll receive a notification that they’ve been raided. You can watch a replay of the even if you’re on the defending side, which can help you bolster your defenses.
The greatest strength the game has is its production value. The graphics and animations are unparalleled. Troops are flown in on helicopters, supplies are dropped in from above, flares and airstrikes look amazing. Even though this isn’t an RTS game, it certainly feels like one.
Empires and Allies has typical gameplay but amazing production value. If you’re looking for a game that covers all the bases and looks good while doing it then this is it.