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The Wild Age Review

The Wild Age is the unofficial Kingdom remake that everyone should play. From indie developer McMagic Productions comes a strategy, resource management game that is beautiful to look at, easy to pickup and addictingly fun to play.

The Wild Age Review
From indie developer McMagic Productions comes a strategy, resource management game that is beautiful to look at, easy-to-pick-up and addictingly fun to play. Based on the incredibly successful Kingdom game series, The Wild Age takes the genius gameplay mechanics of Kingdom, polishes it up with 3D graphics, enhanced gameplay, and throws in a built-in level creating mode for gamers to build and share their own maps with the community. With lush forests, intuitive AI, smooth graphics, polished and seamless gameplay, The Wild Age is the unofficial Kingdom remake that everyone should play.

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Please note: this review is based on an Early Access version of the game, which should not differ much from the final version soon to be released.

The Wild Age – Teaser

The Wild Age Teaser Trailer

Story

The scenario of The Wild Age is simple. You are the ruler of a new settlement on an island filled with lush forests, plentiful resources, and unfortunately, hostile enemy goblins. Everyday, you must work to gather resources, hire workers, fend off enemy attacks, and ultimately build a strong, self-sufficient settlement. After completing the main quest objectives of the island, you will move to the next island and start all over again with more difficult objectives, new abilities, and companions you collect along the way.

The Wild Age Review
With numerous avatars, mounts, pets, and accessories to unlock, The Wild Age is filled with numerous customizable elements to make every player’s experience unique.

Graphics

The Wild Age Review
One major change The Wild Age made from the original Kingdom series was the shift from 2D to 3D graphics. The 3D top-down low poly graphics give the game a beautiful enough texture and vibrance that make it easy to navigate through for hours on end, yet simple enough to run on lower-grade PCs.

Minimum System Requirements

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (Win 8 or 8.1 is not officially supported)
  • Processor: 2 GHz Dual-Core 64-bit CPU
  • Memory: 4 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX9 Compatible GPU with 1 GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 9.0
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

Recommended System Requirements:

  • OS: 64-Bit Windows 10
  • Processor: Intel I7-3770, AMD FX 8350 4.0 Ghz
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: DirectX11 Compatible GPU with 2 GB Video RAM
  • DirectX: Version 11
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Storage: 2 GB available space

While the game ran smoothly for the most part, it must be noted that few, inconsequential visual bugs occurred during our playthrough of the game. The one or two bugs that occurred were insignificant glitches like a rabbit rapidly appearing and disappearing in and out of view. However, these bugs didn’t affect the overall playability or enjoyment of the game. A simple save and reloading of the game fixed the problem immediately. With that said, the game is still in Early Access and the developer is working to iron out all reported bugs before final release.  

Audio

The sound effects were well-made and polished from everything to the sound of coins clinking on the ground to the barrage of arrows flying at enemy goblins. The soundtrack, while not so varied, was still beautiful and calming, never overstaying its welcome and shifted promptly at all appropriate moments to signal the changing times of day, or an incoming enemy attack. When all is said and done, the quality of the visuals and the stunning soundtrack and audio come together into one well-woven and polished package that is The Wild Age. 

"The Wild Age is the unofficial Kingdom remake that everyone should play" 

Gameplay

The gameplay, modeled after the Kingdom game series, is where The Wild Age truly shines. The beauty of the game’s coin-based, single action button, playing system is that it is so simple that anyone can pick up and play the game with little to no tutorial at all. Whether or not you’ve played Kingdom, or any settlement management game like it, doesn’t matter. In The Wild Age, you simply collect coins and distribute them to different areas of the settlement.

The Wild Age Review
Throughout the game, you can gain coins in various ways. Coins are picked up by archers for every animal hunted. Woodsmen receive coins while chopping down trees. As you progress through the game you will also gain the ability to invest in merchants and bankers who return your investment with a large sum of coins every day.

Want to hire a vagrant into your settlement? Drop a coin. Want to forge a bow to turn that settler into an archer? Drop 2 coins off at the workshop. Want to upgrade a building? Drop 3 coins and the builder will be there shortly. The AI in the game is intuitive and will redistribute themselves to defend the settlement, hunt animals, chop designated trees, and more.

The entire game revolves around three simple controls: the directional keys or thumbsticks, the action button to drop coins, and the cancel button to reverse an action or destroy a building. Developer McMagic Productions worked hard to include controller support for PS4, Xbox One, Steam Controller, Nintendo Switch, and even Xbox 360.

The Wild Age Review - Controllers
The simplicity and addictiveness of the gameplay are what drove millions to the Kingdom game series and it is what will bring both gaming veterans and rookies of the genre to The Wild Age. 

Found Money On The Ground, Built A Kingdom With It – The Wild Age

The Wild Age Gameplay

Conclusion

The Wild Age is a game everyone should play. While the game is a love letter to the world-renowned Kingdom game series, The Wild Age implements a variety of changes that give the game its own flair and presence as more than just a remake. With the game’s visual performance, ambient soundtrack, and incredibly simple and enjoyable gameplay, it’s hard to believe that this was all done by a single, lone developer. The simplicity of the gameplay makes it easy to pick up and play for people of almost any age and any gaming background. Simply, The Wild Age is a game I’ll be recommending to both hardcore gamers and casual gamers looking for a way to take a load off.

PROSCONS
+ Simple and addictive gameplay– Some small visual bugs were found in the Early Access version of the game
+ Intuitive AI
+ Runs well on medium grade PCs
8
Great

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