Empire of the Gods

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Empire of the Gods on Steam (demo available)

MSRP: $1.99

Platforms: Win, Mac, Linux

Release: 5/13/08


Empire of the Gods is a casual puzzle card game. The idea is solid enough, play cards to trade around resources until you get the number of resources you need to build a monument.  The problem is how much effort the developers put in to make this game look like something it isn’t. Puzzle games need to be challenging, and they need to be able to stand on their own.

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First, they try to give you a “story”. Don’t get too enthused, it’s not a great story.  Then, they try to add in some RPG detail with giving you fame for playing, and then allowing you to spend that fame on character upgrades, which are neither numerous, nor particularly interesting.  And also, they’re disabled in the demo – which is fine, don’t get me wrong – but when it allows you to spend points but doesn’t apply the upgrades, it feels like something’s broken.

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It’s a little overwrought and a bit ridiculous, but as I said, the puzzling is a solid concept.  It’s not a bad little game, and the asking price is low enough. It’s currently 75% off until June 13th, making the barrier to entry a whopping $0.49 for 60 puzzles. I don’t know how much replay value there is, but even if you only play it once, it should take more than 30 minutes to beat.

(And yes, it’s a testament to how incredibly cheap I can be – I downloaded and played the demo just to check it out because why waste two quarters if you don’t have to?)

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