Top notch graphics with great gameplay
This is a typical base builder game where you attack other players to acquire resources to upgrade buildings, troops and of course, titans. The first things you notice when you start playing are the awesome graphics and the ability to control your troops on the battlefield, which is a neat feature. The game is straight forward and is easy to start playing with its good tutorial. You can raid lands, attack garrisons, fight in the arena, fight at the monuments, complete the campaign or compete in a weekly solo or alliance war event. I’ve played this game for over a year now as a F2P player and I am pleased to say that the developers actually pay attention to the players and attempt to make continual improvements that benefit the game. The new Conquest event is great, and I can only see the game getting better from here on out. If you have never played DOT, it’s worth the download. If you played at one time in the past but have been away for awhile, it’s worth a second try.
Really good, but needs more PvP
The game itself is already really great as it is. The gameplay is very tactical and makes you think, the titan concept is quite unique and fun, and although you get bombarded with advertisements to buy gems and premium items, you don’t need to buy them to succeed in the game as long as you know the game mechanics and you are able to apply both basic and advanced tactics. This game really is the thinking man’s action game.
My one complaint (and the reason why this is 4 stars instead of 5) is because there is very little PvP. Although you do attack many people’s castles, the defenders of the castles are computer-led, rather than player-led. I have been talking about this issue with some of my friends on the game, and we have a few suggestions to the game developers on how to make the game incorporate more PvP. Our first idea is to incorporate team invasions, where more than one player fights more than one player on the same battlefield, and the commanders of each team must work together in order to achieve victory. Another idea we came up with are tournaments, both individual and team tournaments (using the team invasion idea that I have previously outlined), where there are brackets of single elimination battles, and the top 4 commanders/teams get rewards.
Great idea ruined by greedy monetization and bad development
This game looks good and is a lot of fun to play for a few weeks. However, any progression quickly shows you that the entire game is designed around a greedy micro transaction model. The constant changes and update to event structure has increased effort but removed reward in an attempt to force players to spend real money to even be competitive. That coupled with constant crashes, server issues, and shoddy development means even when an exciting roll out takes place it is weeks before things work and often redesigns need to be done to create any semblance of game balance for players. Though the majority of events are simply cash grabs.
It’s also important to note that this developer is not responsive to player feedback. The in game relic forging system is dependent on random chance and the percentages shown are very misleading. Players have been begging for a change to this system since the model was introduced, yet developers remain silent. If you want to see the amount of community engagement look at any post on their facebook page. You will see numerous complaints about the same issue for months without a comment from the developers, but hey they will give you a shout out on their live stream if you say something good if that sort of thing matters at all.
Don't download. Update ruined it.
Now it's strictly pay-to-win. I suppose they could wise up and fix this at some point. It's already too late. I've stopped playing since they killed the fun, and as grindy as the game is, there's no way I'm going to waste the time required (again) to get to back where I was (Elite League, and I made it there singlehandedly, too). Plus there's the whole trust issue. If they pulled this on us once, I can't believe they wouldn't do it again. I liked what they sold me, but then they broke it. There's no way to make me feel unviolated here. Future new developers take heed.
P.S.-YES!!! This game is no longer in the top 200 free and top-grossing games. Sorry, I just couldn't resist coming back and publicly dancing on such a well-deserved grave! But as this changes the date of my review, I'd like to point out that the game was only a few months old when I originally wrote it. I can only imagine how many times they must've ruined the game between now and the first time for it to have finally come to this! But once you go down Greed Lane and start losing players, the only option left is to squeeze the remaining ones harder and harder.
P.P.S.-Also, if you're going to update a formerly glowing review to reflect all the unfortunate changes made to the game, you should also update the number of stars you give it. People want to know how the game is, not was or could have been.
I’m really trying
by Satrlett Marie
I’ve been playing for a while and I do like the game. I have my own group and we were doing well for a while. The problem is people stoped playing the game and we got demoted and might face demotion again because my group is too small and no one wants to play once we start getting dogged on by the other groups that are bigger and more active than us. Just today I had 5 lands stolen from me by people 7 or 10 lvls above me. I only managed to get ONE back. People who spend actual money in the game have a HUGE advantage over people like my group who just grind through. We can’t even stand up for ourselves because these people are several lvls above us. Recruiting just does not exist for us to replenish our numbers. For leaders of alliances and their officers make new players more accessible to us. We need to recruit to keep ourselves going. Also the penalty needs to be harsher for attacking people several lvls lower than you. The game really beings to get tedious when you keep getting raided and robbed by a lvl 24 player and your lvl 15. The game isn’t a test or challenge when you literally have no chance against an opponent. I really want to keep playing this game, but I’m almost out the door. Do something or face losing an entire demographic.
Do not spend a dime on this game! Devs will not reimburse or compensate you in any way!!!
So this past weekend there was an event for the titan Hel along with good relics to equip on her. I went ahead and spent $120 so I could fully complete the event plus a little more so I could get a good ranking in the end to win a good amount of either gems or divine gems. I had put effort in to get pretty far along the first couple of days to get a good start knowing that the event would end Sunday. Usually the events end around 3:00am for me so I knew I still had a good bit of time to push so I was just raiding when my portal stones would replenish plus the event timer showed i had over half a day remaining. When I logged on a little later to do one final big push the event was already over and ended well before the time shown remaining!!! I sent the developers a message concerning this matter and asking for some sort of compensation and all they did was beat around the bush avoiding a direct answer. So my message to the ones reading this is this, whatever you do DO NOT SPEND MONEY ON THIS GAME!! They will not compensate you for anything! You will never feel satisfied with what you purchased and your money will always feel like it was just wasted for nothing!
Mediocre At Best
Let me start off by saying that unlike a majority of people that have written reviews for this game, I have only spent a few days playing, but there are a few things I’ve noticed about playing in this short time. The biggest thing about the game that has driven me up a wall is the AI. I play multiple strategy games on my PC and saw that this was something similar on my phone but after playing a few missions, I realized that the game’s AI will automatically force your troops to basically ignore your orders and do their own thing and can ruin a complete strategy you want to set. There’s no setting to turn it off either. Secondly, the game focuses heavily on trying to pull money from your wallet so that you can get that extra advantage to get titans, gems, and resources so you can have a winning edge, even over players who have been playing way longer than you, and honestly it’s a little ridiculous. Finally, the game has crashes that still occur every once in a while, and it’ll happen randomly, and if you’re in the middle of a mission or raid, you lose all progress, your troops, and any rewards you were about to get. I’m not saying that it has potential to be better, but it’s not at that point right now by far.
Costs a fortune in real money to get anywhere!
It’s a fun, well-developed game. But there is a reason Zynga is headed towards making, literally, nearly a billion dollars in 2018, which is that in order to really advance in the game you will have to spend a lot of money. They know how to get their hooks into you, which will probably come as no surprise. Be aware that even if you plunk down $100 to buy a huge pile of gems (which is more than truly epic console games cost), you won’t get very far. You will often find that advancing to the next level requires upgrades to buildings that cost much more food or gold than your storage facilities can hold, so you need to make up the difference with gems. It takes massive amounts of play time (or money) to acquire and level up the 3- and 4-star titans. If you look at videos of truly massive battles, you’re seeing players who have hacked the game somehow, are sponsored, or else spent literally thousands of dollars, which I think is abhorrent. The game is certainly enjoyable enough to justify spending 5 or 10 bucks, but now after a few weeks I’m ready to move on.
This game teaches people how to BULLY.
This is the second game I played similar to this kind of style game. However, this game is NOT fun. The game developers are trying to make money by designing this game to deliberately make you angry, because the more angry you get, the more money you spend. I realized this after spending a couple hundreds of dollars.
Additionally, this game fosters and protects bullies. The game developers created a feature called “anchorage” that is a great tool for lower level players to use and protect themselves from higher level players. However, the game developers insist on disabling this “anchorage” feature because they say it creates a “balance” in the game. Creating a “balance” couldn’t be farther from the truth. By disabling this feature, the higher level players are able to take everything and anything away from lower level players whenever they want. Not having an “anchorage” feature allows higher level players/the bullies have free reign in this game. The lower level players can do nothing to protect themselves from these bullies. The only way lower level players can survive in this game is to pay money, lots and lots of money.
If you live in the USA for a long time, you’ll realize that this game is basically creating an environment for bullies to thrive in.
I have enjoyed this for a few months now. Overall, I don’t feel like this is a bad ap, but there are a few small issues I have. The first being is they make it too obvious that their bots are playing in the challenges. I looked at one this week that I started playing in within the first few hours of it starting. Their bot already had over 80K points. I play quite a bit and I am lucky to have a few thousand by the end of it. So first request-turn off your bots, or at least make it less obvious that we have no hope of ever beating events-r-us or the rest of the grouping that is always at the top. The second request is that some better of the event multipliers be a little less hard to get. So frequently I get the lowest level. I know you’re doing this to push us to spend tons of money, but in a reasonable world I pay you a fixed amount, play the game I bought and we are all happy. Don’t feel like you need to take out of me all the time.
Overall I have played a decent amount of this and have been happy, I just would like the developer to fix the above issues.