This week I want to tell you all about a free mobile Lord of the Rings based game that I downloaded to my iPad and then forced my Dum Leader, Hoppy to play with me so you’d get information from someone who is a better player than myself.
The game is called “The Hobbit: Kingdoms of Middle-earth” and it is available on iOS and Google Play as a free download.
The basic premise of this game is a strategy game. You are building a city, upgrading it, building armies and can send out armies to attack other cities while making sure your city at home is well fortified enough to withstand it’s own attacks.
There are micro transaction dealies in game you can purchase to make things like waiting times shorten or production increase or strengthen your army. None of this should be a new concept to our LOTRO playing audience.
I’ve had this game installed for about two weeks now with me casually stopping in to check on things and try to play it and I’m ready to share my thoughts.
Here’s a spoiler to help you decide if you should read on:
- Goldenstar hates this game with the fire of 1000 suns.
- Hoppy feels kind of meh about it thinking it’s not bad for killing a few minutes here and there.
The primary problem I had with this game may be complete bad luck or my complete lack of understanding. Talking with Hoppy, I was doing exactly the same thing as him working on my quests to build up my army as suggested by my Gandalf guide in the game.
When you start you are given 7 days to sort of get your city in order before you are vulnerable to attack from other players.
My 7th day ended up falling on Thanksgiving so I basically ignored my game for a day and a half. I had built up my walls, created armies etc I didn’t suspect an issues (plus I was eating pie and turkey and didn’t care).
I login to my game later and I’m decimated. All my armies defeated and when discovered I had no army people were repeatedly attacking me to gobble up all my resources. After that the game was very hard for me to enjoy. I consistently had no resources to buy any militia because I’m constantly being attacked and resourced depleted. I was getting attacked several times daily and unable to get out of the hole I’ve been dug into.
Goldenstar Straightens Her City Back Out
I figured this would allow me to try to build up my forces and resources without being attacked constantly. I also used every resource boost I had in my inventory so I could go back to building things up.
The protection rune has seemed to have worked. I got my forces and resources back up to a reasonable (not great but better than zero) level.
After the rune wore off I was immediately attacked again but I actually won the skirmish so I wasn’t back to being decimated. I actually felt pretty darn good about it and thought things were turning around.
I was wrong. So very wrong.
After paying money for the opportunity for 12 hours to build my defenses, a couple hours later…
Goldenstar is Destroyed Again
How is anyone supposed to play this game?
This time I was actually watching live getting the notice from my watch tower that an attack was incoming. I had used up every last scrap of food I could to try to squeak out a few more fighters in case they might help.
It was over and I was back to being defenseless.
I still have some resources so maybe just maybe I could bounce back but honestly I’m just done with this game. I’m obviously absolutely horrible at it. I can admit when I’m over my head and this is just a game I simply cannot play with any measure of success.
General Chat and Younger Players
The game has a general chat type thing on it that is just full of spammers and very young individuals. It is not something you can opt to hide unfortunately. I’ve gotten fairly use to ignoring it but it really is an annoying thing I could live without.
Hoppy and I started a CSTM alliance to see if we could switch the chat to just alliance chat and make the general chat go away but it doesn’t seem like the game allows the switch to be a permanent setting.
So you’re either stuck ignoring it or perhaps you can join in the discussions of “who here is a girl?” or “does anyone have a boyfriend/girlfriend?”. Except you have to imagine that everything is spelled wrong. I just thought it fair to warn you.
After all that… Do you want to give it a try?
Even though I completely suck at the game doesn’t mean you might not enjoy it! I know this post is full of nothing but anger and annoyance but it is important to note that Hoppy is playing too and is doing just fine. I’m saying that this totally could be a me thing.
Hoppy reported to me yesterday that he’s never been attacked and has been out scouting and taking locations in the wild. They’ve been taken away from him but his home city is completely intact and at most is just questioning the point of the game as he’s just upgrading what the quests tell him to with no reason why. He was not even close to experiencing the same frustration I was.
I’ve made Hoppy the leader of our Alliance since he is apparently much better at it than me and you are welcome to download the game (again it’s free) and give it a try. You have to play on the same world and then just search for the CSTM alliance and ask to join. We cannot invite anyone.
World: Eladriel5 (English)
Feel free to post your victories and rub it in how much I stink at this game! I will only hate you a little for it.