Develop your castle as your empire progresses through the ages due to the advancements of science
Build up an army to conquer other provinces or bribe the local rulers instead
Climb up the rank ladder by battling other players and destroying their castles
The entire premise Rage War is based on is rather unique, to be honest. The game starts off with a story about how your time machine backfired and you ended up in a tribal village in the Stone Age. Worst yet, the machine you’ve painstakingly built is now completely dismantled and broken with fragments of it scattered across the whole ancient world, though most of them are, by now, retrieved by the locals in the region and well, they do not part with their treasure lightly.
Due to this, you’ll have no choice but to assume your role as the leader of the tribe and build an army strong enough to get you what you need. However, before you can do that, you’ll need to help your people and the village you’re in develop. To do so requires a ton of resources, namely workers and coins, which you can in turn obtain by building certain structures.
The building process in Rage War is quite different from other MMO strategy games you might have played before, mainly because you are allowed to build multiple buildings at once and that you are encouraged to connect your buildings up with roads so you can get some bonuses in return. The buildings in this game can’t be upgraded either, so you will need to build more of the same structures if you want to get more resources.
The same goes for the military buildings you can build. Each of these buildings can only house up to 5 groups of units. Not to mention, the cost for each group will vary, with (usually) the first 2 groups being free to recruit, while the 5th group will cost you gems (premium currency). More units and buildings can be unlocked by investing science points into your specific branches in your science tree. Naturally, with more branches of science unlocked, your empire will eventually be able to move on to the next age and gain access to new and better items and buildings.
Troops that you’ve build can then be stationed in your village via the Tactics screen as well as sent into battle to conquer a new province. The strategic gameplay in this game is fairly different than most, and it is advisable to first go through the training map (a.k.a. combat tutorial) before attacking your first enemy. You wouldn’t want to find out critical aspects of the game’s combat system after you’ve unwittingly sent your troops to their deaths, right?
Interestingly, you can also opt for a more peaceful route, much like Elvenar, where you can bribe the local leaders with special resources and avoid all the bloodshed. These special resources can be rather difficult to produce or obtain though, so there might be times when war would probably be the most cost-effective way to capture a new region.
In addition to the challenging campaign, you can even fight other players through the game’s matchmaking system where you’ll be battling a randomly-selected opponent of the same or similar rank. If you win, you’ll then improve your rank on the leaderboard. You may even be able to enter a new league. Being in higher leagues will provide you with more bonuses but the opponents you’ll fight will be a lot tougher to win.
Rage War has a Kingdom system as well, where you can enjoy the Kingdom-wide boosts as long as you’re a member and visit your fellow allies’ castles to help out while earning some extra resources in return. In exchange for the benefits, you are expected to contribute to the Kingdom too – most Kingdoms frown upon freeloaders, you know.
To sum it all up, Rage War is a cross-platform MMO strategy game that is both graphically amazing and fun to play. Its gameplay is not only unique but it is also strategically in-depth. If you enjoy games from the strategy genre, you might want to check this game out on your PC, Mac or mobile devices (Android or iOS).