I recently discovered the online game Evony by clicking on a web forum advertisement. I normally don't click on ads nor do I typically find worthwhile entertainment on the other end of those advertisements but, with Evony, I was pleasantly surprised.
Evony is a large game that is centered chiefly on the exploitation of resources to build an empire. This is a game plot that is as old as computer games themselves which simply means that the games that stand out are those that package the fight for resources in the best way. After playing Evony for a little over a week I have come to believe that Evony is the game out there that has the best accessibility while also having the strongest packaging of the “resource race” plot line.
Evony's availability over the Internet and its option to always have the option to play for free make it enticing for all gamers. With a standard cable modem Internet set up, Evony loads in less than 30 seconds and is then in your computer's memory and ready to play until either your mouse hand numbs up or your computer needs to restart which gives it the edge over every online game that I have played. You have a user name and a password to get into Evony: there's no CD to lose and the base software doesn't have an alphanumeric key to lose either because Evony's software is small, efficient and freely available to anyone with the Internet. It is the second option that makes Evony a big winner, though, because that ensures Evony is always stocked with players both new and experienced. While the game offers the option to purchase items that will help the player in the game, the game is also fair in that the system daily gives each player a free item reward they can use to help further their own game. Also, players are given the chance to win Evony currency (“cents”) through various opportunities and challenges through the game itself. The best part of all, however, is that unlike other popular online games Evony does not charge a fee to play on its servers: people who choose not to do not have to pay anything. Money only goes for extras on this game.
As I said in the beginning, however, a true winner in a game like this is the one that packages the game play best and that is Evony hands down. Evony uses a slim but varied collection of images and art to represent the units and facilities that a player can build throughout the game which keeps the MB size low but the fun value high. It utilizes a city-based system where players build their first city, can conquer other “flats” to build a second (or third, etc.) city on and can conquer valleys and mountains that will yield a % increase (proportionate to the difficulty of capturing said area) in resource production. Along the way there is an infinite mix-and-match of units, facilities and game strategies that will provide endless hours of entertainment matching wits against the thousands of other players on Evony. Add in that Evony allows each new user 7 days of Beginner's Protection to learn the game and develop their city without being attacked by hostile neighbors and the learning curve is perfect: not so steep that newcomers will give up but not so easy that advanced players will give up. Thanks to its configuration, Evony offers a challenge for all comers. I recommend you sign up today at evony.com and just try it for a few hours. If I'm wrong, it's not much time gone on your part but if I'm right you will have a new game and new friends to have fun with whenever you want.