Ever wish you lived in times of old? In the times of kings and queens and Commodore 64s? Well Comport Interactive can make that happen with the release of Emperor - Kaiser. Gather your armies, we march forth to victory.
The story for Emperor - Kaiser is simple. You are a German Prince expanding your empire. Conquer all the territories and the three rulers to win. Short, simple, and to the point.
Controls and Gameplay
Emperor - Kaiser is a turn-based strategy game. To expand your empire you need to find a balance between keeping your people happy and building your army to take over territories. You can start building your empire through erecting grain fields, marketplaces, or iron mines which in turn generates grain, money, and iron respectively. With the grain you can keep your people happy and well fed. With the money you can buy more grain fields, marketplaces, or iron mines or you can buy barracks, foundries, or city walls. With the barracks you can create soldiers, the foundries let you create cannons, and the city walls help protect your territory.
You take over other territories by moving your armies and canons into them. In general, if you have more soldiers and cannons than the defender you win the territory. Each territory has a up to five slots for buildings so you have to choose wisely; are you running low on grain? Build a grain field. Need more money? Build a market. Planning to invade a territory. Build a barracks or a foundry.
There are tables you can call up to see how your empire is doing. You can see how much grain you are producing and if your people are getting enough, see how much in taxes are coming in and going out. You can even see what you need to do to get your next level in title (there are seven titles you can earn total).
A really nice part of the game is that you can play with up to four people on the same iPad.
Graphics and Sound
Emperor - Kaiser's graphics has a hand drawn look that lends itself well to the medieval theme of the game.
The background music is classical music in a continuous loop. Depending on your taste in music you may want to turn it down after a while.
Emperor - Kaiser is as stated by the developer;
"Emperor - Kaiser is based on the old-school game "Kaiser" from the C64 computer. So please do not expect a very complex management game. The goal was to achieve a "remake" with modern graphic but without any new features!"
I never played the original, but I have to say the game is well done. Emperor - Kaiser feels like a more involved version Risk. It makes you think a bit more about how you manage your resources; should I build more troops or another grain field? Random events will help your decision making. Things like receiving money from far away empires or even the weather which can hinder crops. A majority of the random events I received seem to lean to the positive side of things.
I did have a two problems with the game. The first, there is a tutorial, but it is hidden within the gameplay. At the start of the game I was at a loss as to what to do. I poked through the various hot spots on the screen I eventually found the tutorials, but it took me a long time figure out how to take over the other territories. The second was knowing what the strength of territory's army was that I was getting ready to take over. This though was probably the way the original Commodore 64 played, I eventually just sacrificed a single troop to "scout" ahead. Overall these problems are minor.
In all Emperor - Kaiser is fun and with the multiplayer I can see this being something added to a family gameday.
I give Emperor - Kaiser a 4 out of 5. Emperor - Kaiser is rated 4+ for 4 year olds and older by the iTunes AppStore. It is available now and compatible with iPads with iOS 4.2 or later.
For more information see the iTunes store.