Hey there. Facebook has become an integral part of many online users lives. We interact with business associates, friends, and family through social media outlets such as Facebook. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that when we look for online entertainment, Facebook is the place to go. With popular games such as Mafia Wars and Farmville paving the way for Facebook games, many other games have burst to the scene. Some are awesome, others are mediocre, and some are so bad that you just want to avoid them altogether. Algadon, the latest game hitting the Facebook scene and falls into that mediocre pile of games. Let me tell you why.
When I first logged in to http://fb.algadon.com, I instantly recognized the layout. I’ve seen the mission, clans, fight, and property buttons before. I’m familiar with the Health, Energy, and Stamina buttons as well. If I didn’t know any better, I would say that I was playing a game that was already released on Facebook and not one that is in its the beta stages. It’s one of those games where the story doesn’t really matter. Whether you’re a vampire, mobster, or knight, the premise of the game is to simply click on a mission and gradually progress through the game. You use your energy to gradually complete missions and gain experience to level up. As you level up, additional missions and items are unlocked. As you level up, you’ll receive gems to use in the shop to purchase “services”, such as fill up your stamina or health. The only real value that gems have are to hire mercenaries which will add one character to your alliance. You repeat this theme until you eventually complete every mission and collect every item. This is a real time based game so you’ll have to sit tight for a few minutes while the timer counts down to gain any points on energy, heath, and stamina. After leveling up, completing a mission, or killing a monster, you’ll have the option to share you accomplishment with your Facebook friends by posting it to your wall. That’s really all there is to Algadon.
After starting my character, I browsed around the layout for something different. I was hard pressed to find anything original in this game, but I did find something that caught my eye. Fight other players. Seen it. A hit list? Seen it. Monster battles? Hmmm…. The Monster fight is something that I haven’t experienced in a Facebook game before. I clicked on it and see that I engaged into a boss like monster that needs to be defeated over a period of time. I can see this actually getting me to play this game. I’m one of those guys that love a challenge. I do not shy away from a battle (even though I could be EXTREMELY unequipped to put up a fight) and this monster battle in Algadon will provide those challenges. You can take on the monsters on your own, but from what I see, you’ll definitely need to build an alliance to get some major damage done. This Fire Horn Bird is only the second monster on this list and it has 5,000 HP and I am only doing 5 HP damage per attack! There is no way I can see myself defeating it on my own within the 12 hour time frame that I have. Not this early in the game at least. Hmmm… I can see myself leveling up, building an alliance, and getting stronger just to go out and see if I can actually defeat the beast!
Now, there are a few problems with the game but nothing really worth mentioning… except for one. When you purchase a property, that property will earn you gold after an extended period of time. I noticed that if you DO NOT collect your gold from the property, the property will no longer produce any extra income for you. Now… it may not seem like a big deal at first, but it is a big deal. The game cannot expect you to be ready to collect your gold every 2 to 3 hours for you. We need to sleep and if your properties are not earning you gold during your down time, then what’s the point of purchasing a property? Also, as you grow your alliance, you will need items to equip to your group. That extra cash is essential to make sure that you’ll be able to equip weapons, armor, etc. to you alliance to build your attack and defense to it’s max. It’s a glaring flaw in the game that really irked me and I really hope that they’ll take notice and fix it before removing the game from it’s beta stage.
Algadon can quickly get old if you’ve already played many of the other real time based games on Facebook. The monster battles are really the only thing that Algadon has going for it. Everything else has been done before and is just under a different skin. But if you are looking for boss like battles , the monster battles in Algadon may be enough to entice you to give it a try. And if you do decide to battle these monsters, look me up. I can be a pretty awesome mercenary! lol Later!