AstroEmpires is a text based, on-line Space MMOG where you battle for planets and credits in an immersive online environment. Finding the right guild and working well in it is the only path to success in this game.
A basic account for AstroEmpires is free; but you if you want to build certain structures, or expand beyond 9 planets, you have to pay for an account.
You start off with one planet. From there its up to you how you want to play the game. Like many online games there is no way to ‘win’, but you must build yourself up from nothing.
Developing your resources is the name of the game. You have metal, energy and crystals. You must balance your distribution of developing these. During this time you also have to look around for a guild. A guild is just a bunch of people who are united under one banner, who share resources and defend each other. I cannot stress the importance of finding a good guild. You cannot play this game well alone, you have to work with other people.
You also have to build Outpost ships and fleets to protect your bases. Once you have built an Outpost ship, you get to poke around the star system and decide where to build your next colony. This is easily the most tedious part of the game, but searching for planets is an inevitable part of space colonization.
Once you’ve settled in, there’s a good chance you’ve made some enemies. Either that or you see a couple tasty planets that you want to take over. Yep, you get money for taking over other planets. Yes, there are sensible protections to keep the big players from beating up on the smaller ones. You’ll get the hang of the battle system fairly quickly, there are a ton of guides out there.
This game has but one fault in that it is not very pretty to look at. In my opinion it sacrifices visual aesthetics for quality gameplay.
The immersive environment means that you can log into any computer in the world, at any time and command your legions.
The interface is not the most intuitive that I have ever experienced, however the community is very strong, and there is a very active forum that will answer any questions you have. In fact, I consider the userbase to be the strongest part of this game. Yeah, you are going to get some idiots, but in all, there are a lot of people who are passionate about this game, and if you work hard will help you out.
|Addictive game that is completely open ended. Enter with care.|