Featured Game Review: Tiny Token Empires
Strategy games have long been a genre of video games that has been reserved for those that are looking for something with a little more substance in it. Something a little “stuffy” you could say. That doesn’t always have to be the case though, there’s no reason why these sorts of games can’t be engaging, fun and easily accessible to those new to the genre and concept. Herocraft are trying to make Real-Time Strategy fun again with Tiny Token Empires, a game that will bring in younger players to the genre, and make it easier for those new to the genre as a whole. Read on to see if Tiny Token Empires is the strategy game to make strategy fun again.
Description: Tiny Token Empires is a strategy game that’s aimed at younger players or just those looking for something a little more lighthearted. You can choose from five ancient empires to conquer the continents, including the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. With a mix of genres all mixed into one, such as puzzles, RTS and more Tiny Token Empires is certainly a game that will keep you on your toes. With good-looking cartoon graphics and a wide variety of units ranging from the general warriors and artillery to more interesting fare such as Gods and Legends. Take a look at the trailer below to see more:
How it Works: To get started with Tiny Token Empires, you’ll have to download the game from the Play Store. After that you’ll be greeted with the main menu:
There are a number of modes that you can play right away, if you want to just hone your skills or play a quick game, then you can always use the Training mode. Most of the action however, takes place in the Campaign of the game. Here you can choose which Empire and which story you want to play:
As a kid, I always wanted to learn more about the Romans, so I’m going to play a Roman campaign. Once you choose one, you’ll be given an introduction into what’s going on:
Once you start playing the campaign, the game will tell you everything you need to know, it does by giving you a sort of mentor that will talk you through everything:
The Map is where a lot of the game’s graphics come through, and will really appeal to younger audiences:
If you’re new to the game, then don’t worry the tutorial will take you through everything you need to know. When you’re in a battle however, things get really quite fun. Instead of having to manage a large battlefield and precise co-ordinates, you play through a sort of puzzle game.
You need to match three or more tomes in order to give your warriors energy to attack the opposing force. Once you have enough energy – which you can see beside the health meter of your units – the middle button will be lit up and you can use this to attack:
Once you start to attack your opponent in force, you’ll see their units dwindle from the battlefield:
Of course, as the final unit falls, you will be victorious!
Opinion: I’ve been a big fan of strategy games but, I was certainly a latecomer to the genre. As a kid, I was much more interested in playing games like Sonic, Spyro and Street Fighter. The fact is that there wasn’t such a title out there for younger players to get interested in strategy games. Tiny Token Empires does this in a number of ways, firstly it brings in other elements such as matching lines like columns and making the graphics more “fun”. As well as this, all of the units are fun and easy to distinguish between each other, the game is heavy on action, without leaving the player to feel strangled by turn-based mechanic. The very subtle approach of giving you an extra turn if you get a combo is great, and will give players a rewarding experience. This is not your typical RTS and it shows, Tiny Token Empires is the sort of game that a father and son can happily with, as oppose to one watching the other.
- Speed (3/5) – Tiny Token Empires is a game that runs well but, there are some hiccups even on quad-core devices and we assume this is down to computing in the background.
- Features (4/5) – While it could be a little confusing at first, Tiny Token Empires brings together a number of different genres, to deliver an eclectic mix of fun for all ages.
- Theme (5/5) – The graphics on offer here are really good, they look good on HD tablets like the Nexus 7 and they have a charm that is all their own. Definitely a good-looking title.
- Overall (4/5) – With a few niggles, such as hiccups in speed, Tiny Token Empires is a great re-imagining of the stale RTS genre. It’s a great title for all ages and it’s something I can see younger players taking to quite easily.
- Looks great on tablets like the Nexus 7.
- The graphics on offer are fun to look at and have their own unique look and feel.
- Easy enough for younger players to take to, but with enough depth to keep them interested.
- Mix of genres will have players coming back to play their favorite elements over and over.
- Can run a little slowly at times.
- Veteran RTS players might not take to this the same as new players.
Conclusion: Tiny Token Empires is something that will introduce a whole new generation to strategy games and its gameplay and feel fits the mobile platform perfectly. Touch controls are used in abundance and the turn-based gameplay does not feel like you’re waiting around all the time. It works well on tablets such as the Nexus 7, and so there’s nothing stopping you from playing along with a friend or if you’re a parent, reliving some of the games you used to play as a kid. There are often genres of games that we like the idea of, and that reviews rave about, with RTS games being one of them. The problem is that not a lot of them are easily accessed by new players. Finally, Tiny Token Empires presents players with a chance to get a taste for strategy games, without diving in at the deep end.