Version Reviewed: 1.4
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5
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Are you having trouble managing your crew? Check out our Raids of Glory newbie pirate's guide!
Ok, yes, Raids of Glory is a lot like Clash of Clans and all those other very similar games. Remarkably though, it does offer a few things that aren’t quite as generic. It looks pretty good, too.
This time around you have a stronghold full of buccaneers keen to plunder everything in sight. It’s a similar concept to the usual way of doing things. You have a base, then gradually place new units around it. There are barracks to build and upgrade, shooting ranges, ways in which to earn more gold and rum (the former buying you buildings, the latter new troops), and defenses to place.
Early on it’s all fairly slow going. You can place towers to fend off enemies, but more solid defenses are quite minimal. As you gradually upgrade different things though, the options all open up.
The key to progress stems from exploring the map and either attacking AI opponents or other players. Gold and experience is earned this way, plus it’s fun. It also ably demonstrates something that so few games of this type offer: full control over your troops. You place them down at the beach and then you can move them anywhere you want. It’s a vast improvement over titles that leave you merely watching what unfolds, plus it offers some level of strategy. You can choose to try to lure enemies away from stationery defenses, giving you a better chance of winning against them. Things improve even more once you unlock the pirate Leader, offering individual skills of their own.
Raids of Glory is also reasonably generous with its premium currency (skulls), allowing you to complete daily missions and achievements to acquire more. It adds some focus to the game as well as a strong reason to log in each day.
So, Raids of Glory is a lot like other games, but it does offer something of its own, too. Throw in the fact that it looks quite gorgeous and it doesn’t feel as much like an ‘also ran’ as I’d feared. Sure it’s far from original, but at least it’s doing something well.