If you’re a fan of the turn-based strategy genre and you miss the classic tile-based strategy games, then Rising Empires might be just the game you are looking for. The game offers the rich and complex experience of old strategy games and it’s considered one of the most ambitious titles on Google Play.
The game is designed by Hellhound Interactive, a small company run by two young and talented developers, Peter and Johan Norberg. Raising Empires is their very first project, initiated at the beginning of 2011 and released in December 2013.
In all fairness, the graphics seems poorly made and you get the impression you’re playing a game launched two decades ago. Granted, it’s obvious that the developers focused their efforts elsewhere and this is why the game has been optimized to work smoothly on all Android devices. However, you can’t help but think that the graphics will deter numerous players, especially those with top-of-the-line devices.
As with any other turn-based strategy game, you start off by selecting one of the four races – six, if you download the premium version of the game – and a religion. It is necessary to point out that these decisions will influence power variations and provide different stats for your troops, both important aspects for later on in the game. Unlike other games in the genre, the stats and powers don’t just moderately weigh on the outcomes of the battles, but actually open up a world of possibilities in terms of strategy.
A quick look at its main features
- Rising Empires is a turn-based strategy game
- You can choose between four different races for the control of the land on the Surface and in the Netherworld
- The Surface and the Netherworld are the two main levels of the game; switching from one level to the other implies finding the right cave openings
- The available races include Elves, Humans, Ende and Greenskins
- The premium content brings two more races, namely the Dwarves and the Krant
- The gameplay is complex and some may say comparable with popular PC games like Total War and Civilizations
- Each race comes with its own unique abilities, which account for a very different game experience
- The races have exclusive troops with distinct abilities that suits the politics they follow
- You can choose to play short games with only two empires or long campaigns with up to 8 empires
- Similar to the Civilization series, players will enjoy a truly complex technology tree
- The game features an advanced combat system that is not easy to master
- Because the combat system is complex, the developer has published various tutorials and guides on the website
If you’re a fan of the Civilization series, then you’ll surely fall in love with Rising Empires. The building mechanics, military strategy and tactics work in a similar way. In fact, the mobile game even includes a simple diplomacy system that allows you to sign cooperation treaties and secret pacts once you encounter other races. Obviously, when diplomacy fails to bring the desired results you can rely on your military forces to help you reach your goals. The battles are calculated automatically, while the outcomes are set based on a fairly detailed system.
In Raising Empires you can design your own type of unit by assigning it a name, basic nature, role and distributing different stats like armor, attack power or defense for instance. Moreover, you can provide your new troops with additional stats like greater tactical acumen, special weapons or improved discipline and morale to name a few.
What bothers most users about Rising Empires is the old-fashion graphics. While you can handle a 4X design for old time classics like Baldur’s Gate that have been recently released in enhanced edition, the tiled aspect doesn’t really make sense for a new game.
In a nutshell
In spite of the outdated interface and graphics, Rising Empires is by far one of the most ambitious turn-based strategy games for Android. Featuring a complex battle system and numerous strategies that will help you conquer the land, this little mobile app is comparable to popular turned-based strategy games for PC like Civilizations and Total War. All in all, Rising Empires delivers everything you’d expect from a turned-based strategy game.