Today I’m going to write about one of the mobile games that I’ve been playing for quite some time now: Empires & Puzzles created by Small Giants Games.
It’s a free game that is available on Google Play and Apple Store.
“Empires and Puzzles is a free fantasy game with novel take on role playing games (RPG), fantasy battlers, combining epic match 3 duels and base-building of a mighty castle Stronghold – all that topped with legendary PVP duels full of magic and action. Become a Hero and build your Empire now!” – Empires & Puzzles, Small Giants Games
IMPORTANT: I just want to make it clear that this is my personal and honest opinion about the game, it doesn’t mean that the other players feel the same way that I do.
What do I think about the game as a long-time player?
I’m not sure how long I’ve been playing Empires & Puzzles, but I believe it’s been almost nine months or so. Although it’s not one of my favourite games ever (I’ll explain the reasons later), I find myself playing it every day, and I do spend a significant amount of time cursing it as well.
As expected, the first few levels of the game are fun and easy, although the rules are not precisely explained. Once you achieve a certain level, the game starts getting a lot more complicated and even frustrating. You begin to understand certain things about the heroes, matches, resources, trophies and gameplay. And no, not in a positive way.
Honestly? I have a kind of hate and love relationship with the game. Sometimes I love it and sometimes I hate it. Lately, I’ve been loving it more than hating it, but that’s because I finally have a team with good heroes, and my Alliance is pretty wild.
Why do I keep playing it?
Money. And nope, I don’t receive any money by playing it, it’s exactly the opposite. I’ve spent a crazy amount of money on the game to get good heroes and resources that I just can’t stop playing now.
That’s one of the things that I hate the most about it: even though the game doesn’t “force” you to spend any real money on it, it’s pretty clear that if you want to level up your heroes and get five-star heroes, you have to spend money on diamonds and materials. Yes, there’s a fairly poor chance of pulling a five-star hero and getting ascension materials through the quests, chests, raids and by killing the titans.
I’ve never been lucky enough to pull a 5-star hero in one single pull. In fact, there’s one time where I spent almost 10.000 diamonds in the summon gate, and I didn’t freaking pull ONE SINGLE 5-STAR HERO. I pulled thirty 3-star and 4-star heroes. Yes, you read it right. I quit playing the game after that because I was so mad at it, and I can say for sure that it was the first time that I actually hated a game.
I started playing it again after a couple of weeks because I couldn’t stop thinking of the money that I had spent on it. So yes, I pretty much keep playing it because of the money.
What do I hate the most about Empires & Puzzles gameplay?
Definitely the PVP matches.
The thing that I hate the most is the fact that your base can be attacked by other players when you are offline, and there’s no way you can control it. You don’t have the option to stay out of the PVP matches when you are offline.
But what really, really pisses me off is that players with much higher level heroes than yours can attack you. Sometimes the difference between the teams power is insane, and there’s no way that you can attack them back and expect you to win.
You end up losing trophies and resources to players who shouldn’t be attacking you, considering that they are way stronger than you are.
One time, I spent three days without opening my game, and when I finally did it, I felt like crying because a bunch of high-level players had attacked my base and I’d lost a considerable amount of trophies, food and iron. I remember leaving a nasty review about it on Google Play and cursing the game a lot.
I don’t think that’s fair, and I know for a fact that I’m not the only one who feels this way about the raids system of the game. Not everybody wants to be a part of PVP matches every single time that logs out and every freaking day.
What do I like the most about Empires & Puzzles gameplay?
Honestly? It’s hard to say. I guess the match 3 puzzles are the most fun part of the game. I mean, when you don’t get a crappy board, that is. Sometimes it’s impossible to win the match because your board is the worst possible, and no matter which hero you’re playing with, you just don’t get to win it. Aside from that, I actually enjoy playing the map’s levels and the seasons. I also enjoy the special events, especially the Path of Valor.
Am I going to keep playing Empires & Puzzles for a long time?
Probably yes, I am. Although I get really stressed every time that I open my game, I finally reached a level where I can say that I’m happy with my heroes and with my Alliance.
I desperately need ascension materials to level up my heroes, but at this point, I’m used to being patient and waiting for months to get a miserable material, when you need like 6 of it.
Besides, I can’t get over the amount of money that I’ve spent on the game. Right now I’m only spending my money to be a VIP and to the Path of Valor.
Yep, I know, but I can’t help myself. LOL
Anyway, as I mentioned before, this is my personal opinion about the game. I don’t hate it, and I’m sure that if I spent some quality time studying the tactics and the heroes, I would be far more successful when it comes to winning the matches.
The game is fun but stressful, and it requires a lot of patience.
It’s not one of my favourites, but I can say for sure that I’ve played worse matches 3 games.
Thank you for reading my blog and for sticking around!
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