Mini Kings on Facebook: Play in 'mini' bursts unless you got cash

Mini Kings
Sure creating an entire kingdom took decades back in the Dark Ages, but should really translate (very loosely) to a Facebook game? Gameloft recently launched Mini Kings on Facebook, a game that tasks players with creating their own mini kingdom. However, rather than delegating orders, your king or queen will be involved 100 percent of the way from farming to building new structures. However, this lovely-looking game suffers from dizzying amounts of downtime early on, which could be a turn off for many new players.

Find out if Mini Kings' castle walls hold up after the break.

Visiting a large kingdom
Just to get it out there, Mini Kings is a beautiful Facebook game. With an adorably anime art style, smooth animations and vibrant colors, this game holds great promise for the future of social games in the looks department. The game begins by tasking players with harvesting some crops and trees and planting some more. After getting the basic money makers out of the way, you will have to build houses for peasants, another necessary resource in Mini Kings. Building homes creates peasants, which can be put to work in your several buildings like the Bazaar, Blacksmith and Lumber Mill. All of these buildings provide coins only when peasants are placed inside, but each one can only take on so many peasants at a time.

Creating new buildings is similar to other games like FrontierVille where you're required to ask friends for parts. While these buildings only provide coins every few hours, that time can be decreased by adding the maximum amount of peasants. So, on top of having new building and crop timers to worry about (which can be excruciatingly long), defense is also a major concern. This is because players have the option every four hours to attack their friends' kingdoms. Now, this is where things get interesting.

Combat in Mini Kings
Every kingdom has a small gate area with a basic wall. It's here that players can purchase soldiers and defense structures from the Market to place along the wall. However, layout is a major concern when considering both offense and defense. The way your soldiers, towers and barricades are laid out is how they will appear to enemies who attack you, so remember to keep stronger-bodied soldiers like Knights and Axe Warriors up front while leaving the back line to Mages and Archers who attack with ranged magic and arrows. As a rule of thumb, this also goes for offensive lineups, but you can change your lineup at any time.

Once you start an attack, all of your soldiers will advance in a row on the enemy at once and will not stop until either they're all defeated or at least one soldier makes it past your opponents wall. However, every troop lost in battle will need to be revived after an attack for coins. Here's a tip: Try visiting a neighbor, inspecting the layout of their defenses and mapping your offense accordingly before attacking.

Mini Kings takes several cues from successful social games such as quests, friend help requests and daily bonuses for better or worse. Unfortunately, the game will come to a screeching halt within minutes of play due to several factors. First, the timers on each crop and building are at the very least two hours long, which are the only method of gathering large amounts of coins and experience points. Almost every meaningful item in the game costs an exorbitant amount of coins compared to the rate at which they come in. Lastly, the most exciting aspect of Mini Kings, combat, is brought down by a four-hour timer. Mini Kings is a gorgeous-looking, entertaining Facebook game. But if you're unwilling to buy more coins, you'll be stuck playing in mini bursts.

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