Frisky Hands-On: Ceidot’s Umaykut Legend on Facebook

Tue, Jul 27, 2010

Facebook, Social

While tycoon and simulation games are all the rage on Facebook, the area of strategy based gaming has only just started to hit its stride on the social networking site. Ceidot hopes to claim some of that fairly untapped audience for themselves with the release of Umaykut Legend on Facebook, a strategy game that’s based on Turkish history.

Before you jump into Umaykut Legend, know that the game is fairly advanced and complex, and contains a fairly high learning curve, as far as traditional Facebook games go. That being said, the game allows you to build your own empire, consisting of multiple cities and the citizens that inhabit them, each of which can be given a different job, like traveling into the wilderness to gather resources, such as wood, iron, and stone.

You’ll start the game by choosing one of three clans, each of which has their own set positives and negatives (lower defense by greater speed, and so on). After choosing your clan, you’ll start the game with a set number of workers, and can immediately set them to work on resource gathering trips. As you play, you’ll unlock other abilities, such as using ome of your citizens as spies, sending them to rival towns. In addition, you can skip the spy stage entirely and go straight for the attack, sending your troops towards nearby cities on the map.

As you gather more and more resources, you’ll be able to build more towns on the map. Additionally, as you level up (you level up by increasing your population and by fighting), you’ll gain access to building other structures, like a Horse Stable, that will then let you utilize horses in the game. If you’d rather stick with your first city for a time, you can also upgrade it, adding items like a Rampart, or simply building up the City Center, using the resources your workers have collected.

At any time, you can scroll around the map and view some basic statistics concerning the rival towns, controlled by other real world players. You’ll be able to see how much land that town claims influence over, including what resources as “trapped” inside that circle, if you will. Luckily, no matter how crowded the map may appear, there always seems to be at least one area for each resource that is out in the open.

Users can create clans, and you can search the game’s leaderboards to see which cities are thriving (and vice versa) at any time.

As we said before, Umaykut Legend isn’t for the “play for five minutes and leave” crowd – the game offers a lot of content; so much so that there is an entire “Training Mode” that can be experience in addition to the actual gameplay itself in order to get you up to speed with what’s happening around you in the game.

If you’ve been looking for a free-to-play (freemium, if you will, due to the game’s inclusion of Gems and premium items) strategy game on Facebook, Umaykut Legend already has around 24,000 players just waiting to welcome you into the world. Head over to the game’s page to get started.

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