Sea Empire is a new real time strategy game from BluePop that puts you in charge of a fleet of ships as you try and become the top trader in the world. Sea Empire is different from a lot of other Sea Trading games as you won’t rely on the strength of your fleet, but on your skill in collecting resources and building. Just because a games different from the rest doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s better than the rest. Does Sea Empire sink or swim? Read on to find out…
If you’ve ever played a game that involves Sea Trading, you’ll have no problem getting down to business in Sea Empire. The basic premise of the game is to collect resources and meet each mission’s goals in a set amount of time. To pick up resources simply click your ship and select an island to see what they offer and how much they have. You’ll be able to collect stone, wood, and iron from the islands, and can make steel once you build a foundry and have enough iron. The resources can be used to build ships and buildings or can be sold at the market. It usually takes a combination of building, collecting and trading to complete each mission. In some missions you’ll have to build a Storehouse to start your home island, and almost every mission will involve you building one or more fortresses.
The main part of the game is the Campaign mode which gives you a map and a series of missions. I’m unsure of the level count, but am on level 10 at the moment. If you want to play a single map there are 8 different ones to choose from, but you’ll have to beat them in order to advance. One of the features I liked the most was actually “Random Map.” This mode let’s you pick the number of islands, fortresses, opponents, and big islands, and the system sets the amount of days you get to win based on your selections. There are only 3 different ships to build which was a little sad, but understandable as there are only so many types of ships you can have when no fighting is involved in the game. If you like keeping track of scores and achievements, Sea Empire uses the OpenFeint Achievement and Leaderboard system so you can check your scores against the best.
I had quite a bit of fun with Sea Empire, and it was very quick & easy to pick up and play. That being said, I would like to see a bit more content in the future, as it definitely wouldn’t hurt to have few more resource islands thrown in there. Having some new resources to collect might help to break up the monotony and extend the gameplay a bit. Not a bad game, it just needs a little something extra. Sea Empire is available to download in a free ad-supported version or ad-free version for $1.49.