A new update just released for The Battle of Polytopia (formerly Super Tribes), which introduces online multiplayer. For all the fans of Midjiwan’s lite take on Civilization, this is certainly welcome news, but playing online isn’t as easy and straightforward as it could be. Luckily, we’ve gone ahead and figured out the best way to start hopping online and playing against people. Check out the tips below:
Pay to play
Although The Battle of Polytopia is a free-to-play game, you can only unlock access to the game’s multiplayer mode if you’ve made at least one purchase in the game. If you’re not sure if you want to shell out just to play online, no problem! You can test out The Battle of Polytopia as much as you want offline for free before deciding whether you want to dive into an online competition or not.
Multiplayer feature set
Before purchasing something to unlock multiplayer, you may want to know exactly what it is you’re buying into. The Battle of Polytopia now features online, asynchronous multiplayer for 5-12 players, depending on the map size. Games can be partially populated with bots, and all human players in a match have 24 hours to make their moves. Maps for these matches are random, but the game can be played in one of two modes: Glory (first to reach 10,000 points wins) or Might (capture all capital cities to win).
Find some friends
The Battle of Polytopia doesn’t exactly have matchmaking. Instead of searching for games, you need to invite friends into matches you start or get invited by someone who has added you as a friend. While this is a bit of a bummer, everyone who wants to play is in the same boat, which means there’s a lot places where people are sharing their friend codes so you can play with them. Check out the Polytopia subreddit, Discord forum, or even check out Pocket Gamer's post hereto find friends to play with.