Legends of King Arthur always left creators of all sorts restless. Games are no exception. In King of Avalon you enter this land right after Arthur’s death, in crisis time requires a strong and wise ruler. You’re the Chosen One, so make yourself comfortable on the throne and start making decisions.
Graphics and Sound
So, it’s a strategy that combines city building (at its lowest, with no logistic implied) and military development. While there’s no room for placing your buildings anywhere but where they belong initially, it all looks great both on tablets and on phones. The buildings can be viewed in details, the troops march out of barracks equipped and terrifying, the nature around is quite schematic yet impressive.
The music that accompanies you is rather good, despite the fact that it has absolutely nothing to do with Arthurian esthetics. Symphonic arrangements sound majestic, but it’s an Avalon story, so we’d prefer to hear Celtic themes. The sounds mark the building you select, the action you take, or the battle you’re in, and they do this job well.
King Arthur is dead. What he left after includes a land overrun by the feud, a throne to inherit, and a dragon egg to hatch. Quite a mess to deal with. The most urgent of it all is the dragon. Before it hatches out the egg, you need to start building your new town.
This intro promises a lot of military and civil building, so you can keep your kingdom in order. You need sawmills to keep building, barracks to train infantry, and farms to keep them fed.
To up your military experience, you can join alliances and fight others, hunt wild beasts and (yes) train your dragon as a superforce. Your military buildings train soldiers – chivalry, infantry, archers, that join their forces in your aggressive or defensive operations. While you can attack and rob other players’ towns, remember that they can do the same, so take care of your defense.
But any decent mobile strategy can boast this. And what if you have something really Arthurian? Sorry to disappoint you. Alas, there is nothing specifically Arthurian in this game but the names. The spirit of romantic legends can only be found in interlude videos that don’t impact the gameplay at all.
Even if you have never played mobile strategies like this, King of Avalon is quite easy to understand. During training missions, the game highlights the button to tap to get the desired result. So it goes until you start making it out yourself. Though the missions get more complicated by then, still the game is easily tap-controlled.
The way the game is made (at least in the beginning) may seem even too simple. The buildings only can be positioned on premade locations. Proceeding to building, hunting, or training only takes one tap, and you’re directed right there from Missions section.
The fun starts after the initial upgrades are done, but then here comes donation time. Not that there’s no fun without investments, but it doesn’t require mind tricks or inventiveness to get there without long waiting or spending too much time at mechanical actions.
In fact, there is nothing specifically bound to Arthurian legends in this game. If you expected some legendary spirits, you better reread the sources or watch the best movies. But as a just-a-game, King of Avalon is worth installing. It’s a decently made strategy with a lot of development and diplomacy options and always a lot of players online.