By Rick Charbs (Jammart), Onrpg writer
Damoria is a simplistic strategy browser based MMORPG. Set in a medieval theme, one must expect castles, knights, kings, cavaliers, and the like! It was developed by Damoria GmbH in 2008, and later published by BigPoint. Damoria has been in constant growth and expansion since then, with an active player base of 66 000! This is most likely due to the fact that the game is available in 16 languages; it truly is accessible to everyone (namely European countries). Being a mixed game of text based ideals and graphics for embellishment, Damoria earns its wide respect (not to mention addictive nature) in the browser based game world.
The main goal of any Damoria player is to put together your own army and equip them with weapons made from raw materials that you gather on your own terms; this game is all about resource management. With this army, you are then charged with the mission of conquering your neighbours and work your way up to world domination!
Damoria provides you with many different buildings at your disposition. Some of the possible units you can create in terms of building are: construction offices, hiding place, quarry, dwellings, storage, military training area, sawmill, barracks, walls, marketplace, tournament field, stables, laboratory, senate, and many more. As you can see, there are some pretty unique building features in Damoria that you won’t see elsewhere (with a large emphasis on the senate).
Seeing as you have these wide ranged possibilities for building on land, you have to manage your village with precision in order to allow it to expand and develop further. With that in mind, you also have to pay attention for enemy attacks and guard your castle. You have the option to ally with friends, which is highly recommended, in order to conquer others much more efficiently.
As a resource management game, Damoria has various mining, finance, and army building features. Create catapults, swords, bows, and arrows with materials you’ve gathered in the mines and in the woods. As they would say: “Here you will find everything your little conqueror heart desires.” Once you are set in your own land, you basically have the decision of fortifying your village further or take action against others to fight for the biggest castle, or better yet, the largest kingdom. That being said, this game is also very interactive. Not only can you fight other people real-time, you can trade with them as well. Trading is practically mandatory, at least within your own market, as it is the only consistent source of resource sharing.
Graphics and Sound
Damoria has a healthy mixture of text based components and graphical aspects to aid its performance. The interface and concept art is very inviting; however the game’s graphics are only mediocre, which is expected for a game solely played in your internet browser. There is nothing to complain about though, unless you find text based games revolting. As far as I know, there is no sound component to Damoria. Seeing as it is a very casual game, sound is not quite necessary, as you can just play your own media during your gameplay. This was most definitely not an issue for me!
Generally not enjoying strategy based games, I come from a biased point of view. I found the combat and general gameplay to be rather dull, as you have to wait between resource gathering, money making, battling, etc. Sometimes the queues are pretty long, and leave you without much to do in-game. This resulted in me browsing forums, talking to friends, and listening to music while waiting (which is not a bad thing, however I was looking to play a game and not other things). Another factor that turned me off from this game was the fact my computer is not so speedy, and takes time to open new pages. Seeing as you have to open a new page every time you make an action in Damoria, one can only imagine how long it took me to get the game going.
Without that biased look on the game in mind, for a strategy browser based MMO, Damoria seems to have a lot to offer. It has a great community of a large variety of cultures, and many players to compete against. Those being pretty major positive aspects of the game, I also fished out a pretty negative one, being the dependence on real cash to get your army going. It is really complicated and difficult to start off your kingdom without gold, and the Damoria team kicks in with their offer of gold for real life cash to get your out of your goldless misery! It is understandable that they need revenue, although I think it could be done in a different way as to be plausible by everyone.
Damoria is a very casual game that is extremely convenient to play. All you have to do is open up your web browser, login, and you’re set to play. I can see it to be very enjoyable if you do enjoy playing strategy/tactical games, let alone MMOS, and don’t mind wandering elsewhere while your army builds and your resources grow. Happy gaming!
-Unique units for a strategy game
-Very convenient to play
-Absence of sound
-Real cash for in-game gold renders gameplay almost effortless
-Complicated at first, there is a slight learning curve