Kingdoms & lords wiki: tips and tricks for game walkthrough

     

City-building games with timers are increasingly common on thiết bị di động platforms. Xbox Windows Phone has seen a few, including Gameloft’s own Ice Age Village. These games lure players in with their initially rapid progression và lots of loot lớn collect. But the longer one plays, the less new things there are to see và the more the feeling of sameness pulls in. Bởi vì we keep playing them for fun or out of habit?

So the question becomes how lớn make a thành phố builder with real lasting appeal – one that keeps providing players a reason lớn play and maybe even spend some money. Electronic Arts found a clever way to do so by adding timers to lớn its Sims franchise and calling it Sims FreePlay. Now Gameloft returns to the genre with Kingdoms và Lords. The hook: they’ve thrown strategic battles into the mix.

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Kingdoms under fire


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The game starts out with a light narrative involving a king’s assassination. This act thrusts the medieval world’s four kingdoms into chaos. As the player, you’ll need to lớn set things right & find the evil force orchestrating the conflict.

NPCs will occasionally deliver tidbits of dialogue that embellish the premise, but the main way the story advances is via a series of quái vật battles. By reaching the proper experience level và completing required quests, players will unlock quái dị conflicts on the world map. Bosses must be defeated three times before admitting defeat & opening the way khổng lồ the next opponent.

It bears mentioning that you don’t fight the actual monster in combat, just his or her flunkies. Since all the bosses can be unlocked as playable heroes, it makes little sense that they don’t show up in person for the story battles. But hey, at least the battles lend the game a structure other than just building things & collecting coins forever.

Simple strategy


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This type of trò chơi is aimed at casual players, hence the battle system isn’t too complex. Both sides during a battle can have up khổng lồ five units that take turns attacking each other. The speed rating of the unit affects the order of its turn, not unlike a role-playing game.

Units have several ratings including attack power, defense, hit points, miss rate (basically reverse accuracy), và critical hit chance. On đứng đầu of that, every unit is strong against four other unit types and weak against the same number. Cavalry are better against the three infantry categories, for instance, while ranged units get attack bonuses against horse-riders.

Taking units’ strengths and weaknesses into tài khoản won’t win you the battle all on its own, however. Each category of units such as swordsmen, pikemen, etc. Comes in several classes. A higher class unit usually holds a significant advantage over lower class units thanks to lớn its increased attack, defense, và health ratings. The only way khổng lồ unlock better units is by leveling up, so you might

­find yourself running up against bosses and opposing player teams that simply outclass your best team from time lớn time.

Players can also cast single-use magic spells during battle, tăng cấp units lớn make them more effective, & hire costly hero units to take into the fray. Our In-App Purchase Guide has more details on all three mechanics.

Quests


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Beyond progression through the campaign’s quái thú battles, players can also work through a variety of quests. Many quests appear when you reach a certain level, while others unlock after completing previous quests.

Quests boil down lớn standard genre tropes like planting specific crops, placing decorations, expanding your kingdom, reaching population milestones, or performing social interactions with other players. Completing a quest rewards you with gold (the game’s soft currency) and experience.

As you finish quests in a chain, you’ll eventually run into quests that require diamonds – premium currency – khổng lồ complete. Nothing to vày about that but ignore the premium quest and move on; you need your diamonds for other things. There’s always a non-premium quest or two lớn work on instead, and quests aren’t the only way lớn gain gold & experience.

Resource gathering


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One steady source of income comes from your citizen’s dwellings. Each house or windmill produces gold and experience at regular intervals ranging from a few minutes to several hours. Houses also contribute lớn population, a value that matters for population-based quests và nothing else. Perhaps population could have been better integrated into the game’s design.

The most important và flexible source of gold (and khổng lồ a lesser extent, experience) comes from farms. Farms can plant various crops, with harvesting times ranging from a few minutes khổng lồ a full day. Strangely, the payouts sort of level off after 12 hours; a 16 hour crop won’t pay significantly more gold than a 14 hour one.

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You can build as many homesteads as will fit in your kingdom, with the only other limiting factor being how much energy it takes khổng lồ harvest them. Yes, collecting from farms, houses, và other buildings actually depletes your energy meter. Run out và your range of actions will be limited until you get more. Luckily energy refills over time, so its limited nature won’t hamper progression too much.

Three additional resources: wood, stone, & wool require their own special buildings for production. These materials cost gold to produce, with increased payouts for longer production periods. Wood, stone, and wool are used almost exclusively khổng lồ produce military units.

Social features


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Xbox Windows Phone gamers haven’t had much exposure khổng lồ social interaction in their đô thị buildings games. The social features in Ice Age Village never worked properly & Electronic Arts annoyingly chose lớn omit Sims FreePlay’s social features entirely. Lucky for us, Kingdoms và Lords has a strong asynchronous multiplayer component that actually works the majority of the time.

By accessing the game’s social menu, players can choose lớn interact with their Xbox Live friends. There’s no Facebook tư vấn (despite mention on a loading screen), but that probably ends up for the best considering all the Facebook integration issues we’ve seen in Ice Age Village & Tetris Blitz.


Some friendly interactions are cooperative in nature; players can visit each others’ villages và harvest five resources or buildings và send gifts of magic spells (the best gift) or other items once per day. The other option is to lớn invade a friend’s village, which pits you in a battle against your pal’s defense team. If you succeed in the invasion, your friend has the opportunity to lớn repeal the invasion in a follow-up battle.

Attacking friends seems less than friendly, but invasions provide an important source of social stars. These can be spent on materials needed for unlocking unit upgrades. Counterintuitive as it is, players are best off getting their friends to choose deliberately weak defense units và just making invasion easy for everyone involved.

Of course, weak defenses won’t help you against attacks from random players. Fighting random players can be quite fun, but the matchmaking is terrible. Choose to lớn engage in such a battle and you’re thrown into a fight against someone who could be much higher or lower cấp độ than you. It would be fairer to lớn match players of similar levels or allow the player to choose between a few different opponents.

The game also suffers from connectivity issues in which it sometimes can’t connect to the server at all or drops a connection during battle. Dropped invasions of friends can be resumed but random battles can’t. These nuisances are still relatively minor compared to lớn Ice Age Village’s severely broken multiplayer.

Achievements


Good news: all of Kingdoms và Lords’ Achievements can be unlocked! Bad news: some of the quái nhân Achievements might fail khổng lồ unlock. But there is a workaround. If you defeat a boss khủng for the final time và his or her Achievement doesn’t pop, immediately exit the game. When you start up again, choose to lớn load your cloud save instead of the file stored on your device. The cloud save should roll you back a bit và provide another chance at the Achievement. It worked for me!

Also cảnh báo that two Achievements’ descriptions are vague or misleading. For ‘Demon’s Nightmare’ (Successfully resist invasion 100 times) you must resist invasion from friends, not random opponents. The invasion counter on the Achievement screen also seems a bit wonky. Và ‘Good Luck Follows’ you requires players khổng lồ win 50 battles with only one unit remaining on their team, which the description doesn’t spell out.

See our In-App Purchase Guide & Arsenic17’s Achievement Guide for more tips.

Overall Impression

Kingdoms & Lords doesn’t quite transcend the genre. If you’ve never cared for mobile city building games, this one won’t likely change your mind. But the addition of combat và player-versus-player battles does make for a more engaging experience than previous “village” games.

Compared to other Gameloft titles, this one has far better cloud save support since you can save to lớn the cloud at any time. If the upcoming Windows 8 version shares the same save and Achievements, checking in from the device of your choosing should be a most convenient way to play.


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