Free online fantasy city simulator
Elvenar is a free online city builder. Expand your city by gathering resources, fighting monsters and trading with other cities.
Based in a world of humans and elves, Elvenar tasks players with choosing to build a city of either race. Starting with a basic level of buildings and resources, cities are expanded by gathering resources and materials for new constructions. The larger map can be explored by engaging in combat with monsters and enemy civilisations. Players then move through a series of levels, each new expansion offering extra unlocks. As the game is always online, other players' cities exist nearby. Joining a union with these players allows for a basic chat and trading. While the base game is engaging and interesting, some serious issues with Elvenar become quickly apparent. The main concern is the increasing need to spend money on micro-transactions. Once the player reaches the late game, buildings take real time weeks to construct unless money is spent. A lack of strategy makes for a fairly linear game based mainly around waiting. Players have also complained about the game's developers lack of interest and unfair decisions.
Late game woes
Elvenar is a solid enough base game initially which becomes frustrating within a short time. It may be unfair to criticise a free game for pushing players to spend money, but the level and necessity feels greedy.