At last there is a strategy game for iPad. Forge of Empires. Nothing else I’ve tried really compares. And like everything else on iPad it has forced me into a wider community and to my surprise I like it.
Since Christmas, 1992, when my son first tempted me to make a move in Sid Mier’s Civilization, I have been a rabid fan of computer strategy games. And I have enjoyed all of the variations since. Some of today’s mods are just amazing and make it an entirely different game.
Once, in between speaking engagements in Asia, I was sent to the South Pacific island resort of Bali. The company put me in a five star hotel-resort. When I opened my sliding doors, cool winds blew in off the ocean. I spent the week taking food in my room and battling the demons in the computer. Who needs a beach when you have the whole world to conquer?
But try as it may, Sid Mier’s Civilization has not yet made the transition to iPad that I want. And I grow tired dragging around a heavy computer.
Forge of Empires was a perfect fit for iPad. The basics of the game are simple enough to work and yet the options are endless. The first few weeks I was totally on iPad and only reluctantly checked out the extra features by going online with my desktop.
The best part is that you can play a game and be part of the family. I am no longer in “the computer room.” I can be right there on the couch watching a movie or at Panera Bread or Starbucks, while managing my growing empire. And how can the family complain if they are checking their Facebook or pictures on Instagram?
Now don’t just rush to your iPad and download the app. Go to your desktop and put in the url below. Just cut and paste. Or go to this link. It will sign you up as my friend and I will be able to give you some supplies or even coach you if you need or want it. For this is a game where allies can be of help.
There is war, there is economy, there is city building and long range planning. And it can all be carried around with your iPad.