With years of successful development under their belt, it is safe to assume that the guys and girls at InnoGames understand the core essence of strategy gaming. After Tribal Wars, Grepolis and The West, they are currently working on a much anticipated new title, Tribal Wars 2. The browser game is currently in its closed beta. In order to give you a first preview of what to expect, we dove deep into medieval times and gave the free-to-play title a try. Will it wow us with its new features and prettier graphics or will it leave something to be desired? There’s only one way to find out: by joining the early testing phase ourselves, of course!
Same Old, Same Old with New Features
Interacting with other players on a friendly basis is possible either via in-game messages or by joining a tribe, which is the best way to find like-minded players and collectively prepare for war between alliances. As per usual, collecting resources is the most vital thing about Tribal Wars 2. Without wood, clay and iron, we are nothing. A lengthy series of tutorial missions helps us understand more about how the strategy game works and what we can do to increase our standing within the browser universe.
What is there to do for us? Either attack barbarian villages or other players. We’re not too keen on making enemies quite that early, so we opt to take out savages. Looting their camps gives us bonus resources and helps our paladin (a special unit that leads our troops) level up the weapon he has equipped. Thankfully, Tribal Wars 2 gives us the opportunity to create presets, meaning that we can determine an army and use this pre-determined band of warriors every time we want to attack something. This saves us a lot of clicking and is definitely one of the many improvements over the first installment of InnoGames’ popular strategy browser franchise.
Healing Powers and Sneaky Rats
Early Pay-to-Win Troubles
- Resource Boosters (7 Days)
- Loot Protection (7 Days)
- Additional Build Queue Slots
- Attack Protection (3 Days)
Apart from a few connectivity issues here and there, Tribal Wars 2 looks great so far. We’re excited to see how the browser game will grow over the past couple of weeks and months, and how playing on mobile devices will turn out. There’s no reason for strategy fans to not look into Tribal Wars 2, as it successfully balances classic gameplay mechanics and new, innovative features.
It's literally impossible to make every group of gamers happy these days, but we believe that InnoGames has something to offer to both loyal fans and those of you who might be new to the genre. We just hope that they rethink the in-game shop, take player feedback seriously and steer as far away as possible from turning Tribal Wars 2 into a frustrating pay-to-win experience.