Published on March 25th, 2015 | by Patrick Garde0
Age of Thrones Review
Age of Thrones is as infuriating as it is fun – and for good reason. This iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) and Android game from Nexrage Studios is a tactician’s strategic challenge. Based heavily in a medieval fantasy world, it is a sandbox tower defense game where there are practically no bounds on where you place your towers.
In Age of Thrones, there seems to be specific allusions to the similarly titled Game of Thrones in world and style. Aside from this, this strategy game has its own unique story and style. There has been an era of constant war and chaos, and a lone hero must put an end to this cycle by defending his kingdom….or something similar to that. The story is understandably loose as it is more or less a set up for the gameplay.
When a battle begins, you are given 3 difficulty options (with a 4th locked up tight), with the 3rd being pretty darn hard. The overall goal is to kill a varying number of enemies of different styles before they get past. To do this without a set path for enemies to follow the player must set up a maze of sorts using the turrets. These towers have different properties from slowing enemies down to area of effect attacks to close range assassins.
What I like about Age of Thrones are the lively and bold toon-art visuals, complete voice acting, plenty of levels, various types of towers you can use in-game, different kinds of castles you can build, numerous types of enemies, use of spells, and a talent tree to personalize your gameplay.
Speaking of gameplay, it is dynamic and hard as hell. I failed the first level multiple times on the highest difficulty, but I loved every second of it. Failure is addicting, and each time I lost I saw a new tactic, and often it was even worse than the worse. AOT is about trial and error, and learning along the way. Although the game may not offer something new and/or innovative to the table, you wouldn’t mind especially when you’re quite busy blowing up orcs, trolls, dragons, warships, and a whole lot more.
Age of Thrones is challenging by design and therefore enjoyable. Some moments feel too difficult, and some of the art style is over-simplistic, but the gameplay is solid. Very rare do I find a tower defense game that is so open, dynamic and tactical.
Summary: Age of Thrones is a tower defense game that will give you a good time. This strategy game from Nexrage Studios will let you create mazes for quite some time. Then, it allows you to enjoy the view of blasting hordes of enemies. If this is your cup of tea, download it now on your iOS (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) or Android device for $0.99.