by: Brian Lamacraft
; edited by: Michael Hartman
; updated: 5/25/2012
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Build a small village and assign workers to different tasks. Complete quests, add new structure for your village and level up. Use decoration to give your village a unique look.
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In this article we look at Facebook Trade Nations. In this game, your task is to build up a small village. You can assign workers to complete various tasks such as building a lumber mill, farm, or a home. Once you have these structures built, assign workers to them to bring goods into your village. For example, the lumber mill brings in lumber and the farm brings in wheat for your people. Some structures require two workers to complete. Take quests in the game to learn more about Trade Nations and use the game store to buy structures, decorations, and other items for your growing village.
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In the game, you make money by completing a variety of tasks. You can collect gold from your homes in the form of taxes or build a shop and sell items for extra gold. Facebook friends can send you gold as a gift or you can build an Inn and have your friends visit the Inn for extra gold. Completing missions in the game brings in additional gold too. In the market, you can buy and sell goods for your village. Use the market when you need a specific item to finish a structure for example, or when you have spare resources to sell. Wood, rock, wheat, wool and lumber are some examples of resources available in the marketplace to buy and sell. Buy building farms, lumber mills, stonecutters, and other structure you’ll gain access to all these various resources for your economy.
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Building Your City
In the game, you need to balance your building with your workers. You need different workers to build, haul resources, and work in the lumber mill, farm wheat, and so on. You must have a free worker to finish tasks you want done. Hauling resources and working in a structure takes time so you’ll need to wait for the other task to finish or you can use magic beans, which are the games real life currency to finish the tasks right away and have your new building available. You must be sure to have enough supplies to finish a structure too such as wood, stone or other materials. Using workers gives a real sense that you are actually building something and it is a better concept than using energy like you find in other Facebook games similar to this game. Please see page two for more on this Facebook Trade Nations Review.
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In this game, you’ll find a basic soundtrack and in game sounds so it’s typical for a Facebook game. On the graphics side, the game is colorful but the buildings all have the same basic appearance. It would be nice to see some variety here or have different houses besides red, yellow or blue. At the higher levels, the structures do change to some degree but even more variety would help. There are enough decorations to give your city a unique look and take away from the average look of the structures.
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Trade Nations has several icons at the bottom of the screen you can use. The build menu gives you access to all the structures and decorations. With the pointer, you can move items, rotate them, and sell what you don’t want. At the top of the screen, you’ll find your current level and the amount of coins you currently own. On the multiplayer side, you can visit your Facebook friend’s villages and send them Facebook gifts.
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Overall Game Play and Conclusion
This game is fun to play and you have many building options to work on as you develop your village. It would be nice if the structures had different looks to them and the game could always use more things to build for added variety. Using workers to complete tasks is a better concept than using energy for tasks like many other Facebook games like this one use. As long as you have free workers, you can work on a structure and get it completed. You still have to wait game time for the structure to finish but you feel like you are actually building something in the game. It’s easy to find workers who aren’t doing anything and assign them a new task. It would help if the worker had a label over them as you click to see what they can do. Overall this game is well worth playing if you like city build games on Facebook.
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All images from Trade Nations.
Source: Article is author's own experiences playing Trade Nations on Facebook.