Publisher: Element36 Interactive
Typically, when you hear the words “browser game” or “web game,” images of silly (yet addictive) flash games might come to your mind. However, the newest release from Element36 Interactive, titled Dawn of Nations, makes it clear that this browser game is on a whole new level. In an age where convenience is king, Dawn of Nations carves a special niche into the ever-expanding browser game market.
This MMO real-time strategy game features a World War 2 setting, where you can build cities, train troops, and attack other cities. I personally found the beginner guide and the resources from the game guide on the main website (www.dawnofnations.com) very useful when getting started. A user-friendly in-game prompting system made it very easy for me to get a basic understanding of how to develop my city. Those familiar with RTS games will feel right at home.
After you’re done building some resource plants and houses, you can start constructing other buildings which allow you to train troops, recruit officers to lead your troops, and research higher levels of technology. Once you’re familiar with basic game mechanics, that’s when the fun really begins.
One of the most memorable events from my early playing history happened when I attacked for the first time. I sent out an officer and all my troops to attack a nearby field. After my troops arrived, a loud warning alarm blared out of my speakers. I nearly jumped out of my chair, until I quickly realized that a battle was occurring. My adrenaline was pumping as I saw my troops march across the battlefield and engage the enemy troops.
Another great aspect about this game is that Element36 is very generous about handing out freebies, including cash-shop items and Diamonds, which are the premium in-game currency. Even though I have not paid anything to sign up or play this game, I can use the free Diamonds to go to the cash shop, creatively named the Blitzkrieg Outlet, to purchase premium items. Although I can definitely see myself supporting the game publisher with Diamond purchases in the future, as a gamer, this shows me that they are willing to give even free players a chance to fight on a more balanced playing field.
While at first glance some will compare this game to a number of other RTS releases, they will soon realize that Dawn of Nations doesn’t suffer from a lot of the flaws that plague its competitors. At first glance, the graphics are frankly impressive for a browser game. And it doesn’t stop with the game. The website is highly polished and the game-mastering and customer service functions are top notch. Element36 is clearly trying to breathe new life into the industry with its dedicated and professional approach.
Finally, Dawn of Nations is a great game to play while playing other games. Yes, you heard me right, and let me explain. When I am playing World of Warcraft or Aion and waiting for my raid or dungeon party to assemble, I can simply alt-tab and play Dawn of Nations, upgrade a few buildings, send my troops out to attack some nearby cities, and then go back to my original game while my city continues to run. Finally, I have something to do while waiting for that last lagging dude to get to the raid starting area.