Version Reviewed: 1.2.51
App Reviewed on: iPhone 5
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[Having trouble getting your civilization off the ground? CHeck out our DomiNations player's guide.]
Combine Civilization II, Age of Empires, and Clash of Clans, and that sounds quite idyllic, right? It’s not quite a dream come true for DomiNations, but it is a rather compelling freemium strategy game.
As is usual these days, you’re working towards establishing a significant base, chipping away at your enemies, and becoming the greatest leader out there. DomiNations deviates from the typical path, most significantly by requiring you to work your way through the various ages of human history, i.e. from the Stone Age to the Space Age. That means that early on, things are a little basic, but once you reach the Iron Age, you can pick a specific nationality. That leads to unique technologies based upon what you pick, thereby making a big difference.
It makes a significant difference in giving you that sense of progression, and DomiNations is kind of full of those - small refinements that can dramatically change how you feel about the game. For instance, you can send out troops to battle but still priotize what they pursue, making battles more strategic than most. Also, the only troops you lose are the ones that are defeated, rather than all of them. It immediately makes you feel better about spending all that time training up troops, knowing you're not doomed to lose them immediately. Even building road networks within your town can help you in some way, as well as look cooler.
Having that realistic historical edge, means you have a rough idea of what you’re working towards, such as discovering gunpowder or flight. Plus, buildings change accordingly, adding great visual flourishes to what’s there. Yes, it very nearly has that Civilization feel to it.
It’s not perfect as it still requires you to keep an eye on those premium currencies and slows you down a bit with timers, but DomiNations is easily one of the best examples of the genre. You’ll find yourself itching to progress, enjoying forming alliances with others, and seeing your civilization flourish.