The Trouble With Gnomes
Gnomes. Those little guys with the red hats you put in your garden. You’d think they were harmless, but in Infinity Kingdom by YooZoo (a.k.a. Youzu) Games they’re anything but. In this Strategy MMO, the gnomes have ravaged the land of Norheim with their steampunk army. Players take the role of the lord of a devastated city with the gnomes just outside the gates. You somehow have to rebuild the city and repel the invaders. Things look bleak, but fortunately, you’ve got the immortals on your side.
Immortals are legendary figures from myth, folklore, and history. Cleopatra, Lancelot and Helen of Troy are just some of the characters you can recruit to lead your armies into battle. You obtain immortals by collecting character shards. There are a couple of ways to get shards, but the easiest method is to use the philosopher’s stone to summon them at the Hall of Immortals. The shards you get are randomized. You’ll need multiple shards to summon an immortal, so getting them is a matter of patience and luck.
Once you’ve summoned an Immortal, you can upgrade them by spending more shards. Additionally, you can level them up through experience and improve them by collecting rune pieces, Players can also equip their Immortals with four different pieces of upgradeable gear. The game depicts Immortals in a cartoonish 3D style, each with unique animations and voices. This same graphic style is featured throughout, and the result is a visually pleasing, professional-looking game.
Battles play out two different ways in Infinity Kingdom. When you attack gnomes on the world map, or attack other players’ cities, the entire process is automated. Your army marches out, there’s a brief battle animation, and then the game tells you who won. When fighting in the Well of Time, the game zooms to ground level, and you get to watch your forces clash with the enemy. It’s still mostly automated, except that you get to utilize the immortals’ special powers by tapping their portrait.
We Built This City
In Infinity Kingdom you need a strong city to wage war effectively. There are a plethora of buildings to build and improve. Farms provide much-needed food, while the hospital heals your wounded troops. Each upgrade takes time, and while the early ones are fast, as a building climbs in level it takes longer and longer to improve it. You can use speed-ups to finish a building instantly, but you only have so many of those. Since you can only upgrade one structure at a time, you’ll always be upgrading your facilities. You may find yourself logging in multiple times a day to keep construction going.
Besides building, Infinity Kingdom always makes sure you have some goal to work toward. There are daily missions, weekly missions and chapter missions. These include training a certain number of troops, completing a building upgrade or killing gnomes on the map. You can also hatch and train dragons, send your ship to trade in foreign lands and shop in the marketplace. As your castle goes up in level, new options will unlock, like conducting research at the academy or fighting other players in the arena. You can also join a guild, which opens up new rewards and allows you to ask fellow guild members for help in upgrading your buildings.
Loads of Rewards
Speaking of rewards, Infinity Kingdom offers up a ton of them. You get rewards for completing missions, for winning battles, for logging in, and for simply being online. These include various resources, speed-ups, combat buffs, experience boosts and gems you can use in the market. As a result, I found I never had a shortage of anything I needed.
Infinity Kingdom isn’t exactly an original game. There are a ton of MMO strategy games already out there. Also, at least some players have claimed on the game’s Google Play page that you have to pay to win. I can’t say whether or not that’s true. All I can tell you is that I enjoyed it, and for fans of this kind of game, it’s definitely worth a look.
Is It Hardcore?
With attractive visuals, and plenty to keep players occupied, Infinity Kingdom is a welcome addition to the strategy MMO genre.