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What is Tribal Wars?

Updated on July 13, 2016
This is a unit in the game, that can give bonuses to your troops, depending on what weapon they are holding, adding further strategy to the game.
This is a unit in the game, that can give bonuses to your troops, depending on what weapon they are holding, adding further strategy to the game. | Source

What is Tribal Wars?

Well, from the website, this is the description:

‘Tribal Wars is a browser-based game set in the Middle Ages. Every player controls a small village, striving for power and glory.’

Or, more simply put for the gamers out there, it is a free MMORTS (a massively multiplayer online real time strategy game). This means it never has any breaks (ignoring a few exceptions), it is always running, and there are a lot of people playing. You band together with others to create a ‘tribe’ (usually about 100 of you) and you can help to manage the tribe, adding to the strategy of the game. As the description says, you start off with a small village, however it soon turns into a thriving city, and you start taking other villages, in order to become the strongest player on that ‘world’ (server).


Sounds a bit simple? Well, to be quite honest, it is. But that is what makes so enjoyable. There have been many techniques developed, and many strategies formed – so there is a lot to learn, and after playing for two years, I am still learning lots from the game.

The game is very long term, with servers/worlds lasting over five years in some cases (and still going), so although it ends up sounding more like a chore, the sense of satisfaction and victory at the end is brilliant. Imagine winning a game of Call of Duty that lasted a year!

Its main positive is of course the wars, so there is a variant of different troops, which forms different strategies, and leads to some very exciting wars between tribes.

It has a friendly community to existing players, and can make for some fun wars when you are playing with friends, however it can be fairly hostile to new players, as most games are. The community is probably my reason for playing the game for so long, as have made some very good friends over the last two years.


It does have some negatives however, which must be considered before you even think about joining up. The main negative is time – if you get addicted, you are facing the temptation to log in at work or at school/college. And if not, then you won’t do too well – you need to log in at least twice a day to be successful, and they need to have some time spent on them too.

Also, there a very strong learning curve – when you start off, you won’t do very well. That is 99% certain. However, when you do get the grip of it, you can really start to enjoy it.

So, should I play it?

Even if you don’t have too much time on your hands, I still suggest you go and play this game. It is free, so you have nothing to lose, and it could become your favourite game very easily. If I have one tip for you when you start playing, it is that you should only join one world, despite what temptation will tell you. This way, you can concentrate on that world, without having to spend too much time on the game.

Follow this link if you want to play:


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      Maddie Ruud 5 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Sounds like an awesome game, but I'm always wary of taking on a big time commitment. It's hard with multiplayer games (especially in real time) because your team is depending on you!

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      Koty 5 years ago

      Its a great game that will keep you coming back for more. Try it out!