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If you’re looking for a gritty, single-player take on Clash Royale, Game of Gods has got you covered. In it, you create your own God and unleash powers from the heavens and the Earth to protect your Godstones from enemy forces. It’s a mechanically interesting game with a vast depth of loot to grind for, but in order to enjoy it without being hindered by a torrent of ads, you may want to invest a little bit of money in this free-to-play game.
Game of Gods is a tower defense game that takes inspiration from games like Clash Royale, Magicka, and Black & White. The basic premise is that you are a God with Godstones to protect, and waves of enemies want to come along and destroy them. Since you have almighty powers, you can smite these enemies using all manner of destructive forces, whether that be lightning that rains down from the sky, poisonous bog trees that emerge from the earth, or something else entirely.
Your powers aren’t limitless though. You only have a select few powers available to you in any given round, and you can only use them if you have enough mana in your auto-filling meter to use them. While you’re managing all this, there are also humans that spawn around you that are trying to reach your Godstones to be saved. It is up to you whether you want to protect them or not. The only thing that really matters is that you protect your Godstones.
The end goal of Game of Gods is just to keep clearing levels so you can upgrade and unlock new powers and loot to use. The god you create can be molded to specialize in certain sets of powers, and a lot of that is dependent on how you play. For instance, in my time with Game of Gods my character became adept with using plants and water-based attacks to slow down and suffocate enemies while protecting humans running to my Godstones. I could have just as easily created a god that used fire and brimstone to blast all life apart, though. It was just all up to how I played.
This leads into one of Game of Gods’s most interesting facets. This is a game that is surprisingly good at adapting to how you’re playing and providing rewards that reflect your playstyle. At its simplest, this means that if you choose not to try and protect humans as they run toward your Godstones, you’ll go down a path that gives you more destructive powers. These powers aren’t just of a similar archetype though, they also work together when combined. As an example, my plant/water god could create trees that don’t do anything but act as a barrier. When combined with a stone drop spell though, I could make the tree fall onto specific enemies and deal massive damage.
Pay your indulgences
The upgrade treadmill that Game of Gods lays out is compelling. Every time you level up or clear a mission, you could get a reward that completely changes how you want to re-tool your god. What makes this even more compelling is the fact that it's a live game. Every so often when you boot the game an “invasion” will be in progress, which is an event that lets you team up with other players to show off your god's loadout as you take down enemies cooperatively. As cool as all of this sounds, this is a free-to-play game, and enjoying Game of Gods comes at a price.
If you opt not to pay anything for the game, you'll be heavily incentivized to watch ads for increased rewards, ability boosts, and just about anything else you can think of. There is a way to pay your way out of this litany of opt-in ads that also doubles your rewards automatically, and if you're having fun with Game of Gods in the slightest, I highly suggest making the investment of a few bucks to do so. With this purchase, the game is much less annoying to play and makes the progression curve a bit more palatable. This doesn't get rid of annoying pitches to spend even more money on other unlocks and currencies though, which is a bummer.
The bottom line
Game of Gods is a pretty great game that you should probably spend a little bit of money on if you want to enjoy it over the long-term. There's a lot packed into this game to satisfy your loot lust, but you won't want to stick with it if you're being funneled into watching a video ad after every single thing you do. If you do take the plunge and spare some coin though, Game of Gods offers up a really fun and dynamic tower defense-like experience.