We Rule, created by ngmoco, Inc. is another take on a Farmville type game where the objective is to please the king and to expand his kingdom. To do so you must grow and sell crops quickly and efficiently, purchase new land, and decorate and develop the new properties. As with any games of this nature you’re ability to multitask and stay on top of all required tasks determines how quickly and far your kingdom expands. Once you start you begin a never ending journey that without your help quickly starts to spiral into disarray and neglect.
As you’d expect the game starts you out with next to nothing, requiring you to start digging gardens and planting crops right away. As your farmland begins to flourish you’re gradually asked to grow more and more varieties of food, starting with corn and graduating to wheat, onions, etc. As you progress you’re asked to create more and more farms, to decorate the land with things like trees, banners, fences, and lamp posts, and to purchase and develop new land with things like fortresses, castles and citadels.
Of course it takes dedication and a mild obsession to stay on top of all aspects of the game and to earn everything required to advance. There are multiple ways you can shortcut the game to leap ahead of other players and friends. You can flat out purchase things such as more coins, mojo (makes crops grow fast), and land via in app purchase, or you can invite as many of your Facebook friends and Twitter followers as possible with each new recruit earning you coins. The money you earn or buy is used to decorate the land with trees, banners, fences, lamp posts, street signs, wells, and more, and to purchase new land and to construct new buildings, fortresses, castles, and citadels.
Overall We Rule offers a lot for it’s free price tag. The graphics are good and the game provides hours upon hours of entertainment. It’s easily as good or better than other similar apps out there from a features and game-play perspective. There is however one major issue currently plaguing the game that is certain to have the king ordering for the beheading of its IT architects. Currently the game is riddled with service delays and connection outages. While playing I noticed regular service interruptions every 5-10 minutes. In many cases the game appears to proceed without issue, but when I exited the game and returned later I found that everything I had accomplished was lost. The developers really need to get a hold of this quickly because at the moment it’s borderline unacceptable. If you’re into these types of games I do recommend that you try We Rule, because when it’s working it’s a decent game, but seeing that there are so many connectivity issues at the moment you may not want to continue playing after getting an error message, and you may want to exercise caution when making in-app purchases.
Version Reviewed: 1.0.1
Requirements: iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad; iPhone OS version 3.0 or later
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