I like any kind of game. I play those casual games on the PC. I play flash games online. I play on PS3 and the Wii. That’s why when my sister – yeah my baby sister! – told me about Ikariam, I was keen on trying it. And I was not disappointed. To be honest, I have only been playing it for about 2 months (rough estimate this is). So far, I have been enjoying it. In fact, the longer I have been playing it, the more I have found myself enjoying the game. So what is Ikariam?
It reminds me of the old PC game Zeus – I don’t know if you remember it – except that it is online and takes place in real time. You log in to a world and create a city from scratch. You have to build buildings, harvest wood (building material) and some other prime resource. Each island has its own special resource – wine, marble, sulfur, crystal, and so on. Each resource has a special purpose which you need to develop a certain aspect of your town. There are many buildings which you can build and when you reach a certain town level and have a certain number of resources, you can go to sea and found a colony. You also have to upgrade your buildings in order to expand and be able to build more.
Ikariam’s strength lies in the ability of players to trade with other real players and to form alliances with each other. It is the part which makes you look forward to logging in several times a day and checking on your towns and colonies to see how they are faring.
You should try it. It is fun and it is free.