In the January lull of video game releases, it’s tough to find games worth your time and money. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that none of January’s new releases are worth your time. So, long story short, we’re now elbow deep in a game called Sparta: War of Empires, a massively multiplayer online real-time strategy game that plays like a mix between Age of Empires and Civilization — and it’s glorious.
In this free-to-play browser game (which can be played in fullscreen mode, I might add), you’ll start as Archon, the leader of a territory in ancient Greece in 5th Century BC. The goal is to build your own empire and amass an army worthy of taking on the gods to defeat other cities. In order to grow your city, you’ll have to sign Agreements with other cities. Doing so will open up new tech and warfare tactics that will be at your disposal. The reward varies each time, and it could be a new type of unit, a new building, or a bonus to resource production. There are also strategic locations scattered about the map, such as Persian Positions that will provide handsome rewards after capturing.
Since it’s an MMORTS, players are encouraged to form alliances with other cities or create their own mega Coalitions to attack and defend stronger positions at each others’ sides. As your allies grow, so will you. You’ll be able to strategically use your enemies in battle, devising a plan to take down potential targets from various directions. Coordinating with your friends and other players is half of the fun of Sparta, with the other half being the taste of victory.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out in the official Sparta Game Guide. You can head over there to read more and to begin playing.