The Android platform is a great mobile gaming platform thanks to its ability to support innovative gameplay featuring crisp graphics and accelerometer and touch screen features. One of the most immersive mobile games on this platform is Pocket Empires, a massively multiplayer online game. It is hard to imagine that a massively multiplayer online game could be successful in mobile gaming, but you might be surprised at how engaging Pocket Empires can be.
User Interface (5 out of 5)
Massively multiplayer games usually involve several statistics that the player needs to keep track of, which means there needs to be a way to access all of the important information without ruining the flow of the game. Pocket Empires successfully does this with a clean and intuitive user interface that offers several navigation options without cluttering the small screen of an Android phone. It is a simple and straightforward user interface and yet it still offers depth in terms of accessing information and navigating the game's features.
The graphics may not be in 3D, but it is stunning enough to satisfy people who want gorgeous graphics in their games. This also ensures that the game uses more processor power for the actual gameplay instead of concentrating on 3D elements. The animation of several elements like monsters is well handled. The performance of the animations and the menu mavigation is quite fast, making the game more enjoyable. It gets a perfect score for its user interface.
Game Design (4 out of 5)
With the usual gameplay elements of a massively multiplayer online games present, this game requires strategy to build structures, harvest resources and conquer other towns or creatures. All of these game elements rely on the time factor, which means everything happens in real time. This type of gameplay requires constant maintenance and attention, making it a really immersive and engaging gaming experience.
Several types of statistics and reports give the gaming experience more depth. However, reported connection issues hinder the player from having a truly smooth mobile gaming experience. It could also use more sound effects as it can get pretty dull sometimes unless you’re constantly getting reports or mail. These issues do not really bog down the gameplay, so they are quite minor issues. It gets a good rating for game design.
Features (5 out of 5)
Pocket Empires offers more than 10 unique structures that can be used to build a city, more than 30 different creatures that can either be captured or recruited, more than 40 types of technology, more than 50 items that can be used to enhance a player’s power, a huge map shared with a number of other players, additional content available through regular game updates and a global top 100 leaderboard. These features and more give this game real depth previously unseen in mobile gaming. That is why it gets an excellent rating.
Conclusion (4 out of 5)
There is room for improvement, but overall, Pocket Empires is a truly innovative and engaging mobile massively multiplayer online game. It is a recommended game and it gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5.
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