We’ve Got a Space Race to… The Banana in the Sky?
Have you ever spent your free time wondering what would happen if apes took over the planet? Well, Age of Apes has given you an answer. The game is from the company Nibiru Tech, via their game brand Tap 4 Fun. In this title, apes are the only species left on Earth, and they have decided that the only logical next step is to venture off to the “banana in the sky,” which is their clever interpretation of the crescent moon. The goal of the game is to collect the materials needed to build a rocket and send your apes into space. But, before that can happen, you must defend your city while you research, train new troops and scavenge for items.
Here’s What You’re In For
Age of Apes is a massive real-time and MMO game. Like many others in the genre, it is set up in the style of city-building. In order to progress, you must wait a given amount of real-time for upgrades troop training and research. You can join gangs with other players and help one another by completing missions, share resources and to socialize.
You will spend the bulk of your time accepting and finishing quests once you’ve completed the tutorial. Loaded with buttons, buildings, other players and notifications, your screen can get pretty busy. These direct quests can be very helpful to get a handle on the game. Again, your objective is to eventually build a rocket and get to outer space. Since you must wait for each update and build, this is something that will certainly take you a long time. This long-haul gameplay makes this the perfect game to play in passing throughout the day.
The Good, the Bad, and the Meh
The game is relatively fun to play if you enjoy this style of gaming and do not mind waiting (minutes, hours, days even) for in-game things to happen. Real talk, I played it as things loaded for just over a week. To be honest, I’m not that much closer to the end-goal than I was last week. This means it’s a good game if you’re looking for something that you definitely won’t complete quickly and delete in a week. if you hate waiting around for actions to be completed in real-time however, another title might be better for you. We’ve seen this type of game before; It’s not cutting edge or new and exciting in its gameplay, rather it is tried and true.
On the positive side, this game has a lot to offer to those who are patient enough. It is an incredibly big game, and it took me a few days to grasp every aspect. There are your city’s buildings, neighboring players, several factions of gameplay, skill trees for your troops, missions and much more. It’s great for passing free time with all of its disparate facets to dive into and explore. While the gameplay may not be unique, the story certainly is. It’s honestly kind of fun to play in such a silly plot with such serious goals.
Are the Apes Worth Your Time?
Essentially, you can play Age of Apes for as much or as little money as you want. You can certainly play without paying any money, but if you want to get further faster, you may feel compelled to purchase a wide range of extra materials and in-game currency, as well as various boosts. While this is unfortunately common of mobile games to push in-game purchases to skip long real-time waiting or buy in-game currencies, it doesn’t get any less annoying. The game itself is free, and there are no ads, which is always appreciated. however, those long waits for upgrades without spending money have the potential to really run-down gameplay time in higher levels.
Age of Apes is decent but is nothing new. You will have to wait potentially hours for projects to finish, you may be overwhelmed by the number of things on your screen and it’s possible that you won’t keep the game downloaded long enough to get to the coveted banana. However, if you don’t mind long waits and enjoy the slow draw and payoff of finally deploying your apes into space, you may be the target audience of Age of Apes. Overall, it’s not really a game-changer, but it does match the vibe of many other real-time and MMO games. And, it’s a pretty okay way to kill time.
There is nothing fresh brought to the table. While it may be a fun way to pass time, the long real-time waits make it hard to stay invested.