Plarium games certainly have their formula down. Having developed genre classics like Sparta: War of Empires and Stormfall: Age of War, they have perfected the art of F2P strategic MMOs. Building on lessons learned from previous efforts, with a seemingly larger budget and more reliable game engine, Vikings: War of Clans represents the play for the golden crown of the genre.
Medieval/fantasy is a really prime subject area at the minute, with the popularity of TV shows like Game of Thrones and Vikings continuing to rise, making this is a great choice of aesthetic for War of Clans. The weaponry, armour and style of the characters is an obvious but perfect fit for gameplay based principally around raiding and city-building: two things that the historical Vikings excelled at. The game makes you a Jarl, in charge of your own village, tasked with raising it and yourself to the heights of glory and greatness. Getting there is the fun part!
Fundamentally Vikings is a real-time strategy game of old, streamlined to fit into the new style of F2P game that is so popular at the minute. Base management and warfare occurs in real-time like Age of Empires and other genre classics, but the diplomacy and planning elements sit well within the MMO nature of mobile gaming and allow the game to be slower and more considered. In essence you build your city up either as a fast paced warrior and builder, smashing into PvP fights and levelling up quickly, or alternatively you can play the long, slow game, building yourself up over time. This flexibility is what makes Vikings so easy to become lost in.
Micro-transactions are obviously a part of a game like this and you get yourself a good push at the beginning with some help like this, and maybe even the necessary final push at higher levels as well. They are far from essential however, and even if you go about things the natural way you’ll soon find yourself progressing nicely. Playing the game solo is also perfectly fine, but the best experience is definitely as part of a clan. From practical benefits, increased game modes, to the camaraderie, Vikings is definitely an MMO that is best whilst embracing the social side of the games.
Whilst not re-inventing the mobile gaming wheel, Vikings is a great example of the genre, with a fantastic aesthetic and some truly robust gameplay it’s definitely worth a look for the casual strategy fan looking for their mobile fix.
You can try out Vikings for yourself here.