Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood (Video Game Review)

Einherjar: The Viking‘s Blood is a new browser-based, free-to-play title from developer Appirits. The game combines equal parts strategy simulation and strategic combat with role playing elements like few other titles have ever attempted to create a fun fantasy world to explore and waste countless within. The game isn’t perfect, and it has a very slow start that will annoy gamers looking to jump into combat right away, but the payoff is a deep and entertaining game that will have you coming back for weeks, attempting to strengthen and grow your army while expanding your home territory and the resources and products it creates. Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood knows what it is, and it makes the grind fun for fans of the genre.

There isn’t a very deep storyline to the world of Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood. You begin the game as a Viking warlord who must build up a territory and army in order to continue the expansion of your land and defeat the nearby monsters to find great loot and make the nearby areas safe. There are plenty of heroes and other characters littered throughout the game who each have their own personalities and back stories. The really interesting feature of Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood is the ability for your characters to age, get married and have children who can inherit the abilities of their aging parents that lose statistics beginning at age 30. It’s a really neat mechanic that few to no games have ever used, and it works well here to keep you working towards the most powerful army yet and to continue making your home territory better for the next generation.

Much of your time in Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood will be spent harvesting resources and collecting other valuable items outside of combat. Missions will be given to you from the beginning of the game whose requirements and rewards will be stated before beginning the mission, and once you’ve completed a mission, you will unlock more and more things to accomplish in the game. Once you’ve collected enough resources, you can build new structures for a variety of different effects including homes for your characters or different types of factories that produces better equipment and items for your characters to use in combat. Building up the perfect base is one of the most important focal points in Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood, and one of the most time consuming.

When you decide to leave your homestead in search of new lands and new resources, you will encounter other characters and enemies. This is where combat comes into play, and you will have to strategically use the characters you’ve been training to overcome your opponent by moving around the arena and attacking similar to the combat of games such as the Final Fantasy Tactics series. Each character has a job that can be leveled with different strengths and weaknesses prominent in each job. Using the character in combat the way their job should be used is key, and the game doesn’t necessarily become any easier once you’ve unlocked more characters or even a whole army. If you ever want to switch characters or simply unlock too many characters, they can be frozen to be used at a later time. The one minor gripe with the game is that freezing and unfreezing characters and performing other important actions costs you power which is mainly collected by spending real cash on in-game items, but that is the price you pay for playing a free game.

Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood is a game that is well worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of strategy RPGs. The game is slow paced, but it is helped by an enchanting soundtrack and colorful graphics and animations. If you ever become bored of the single player adventure, Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood offers up player vs. player matches to see who has assembled the mightiest army. Of course, you can invite your friends to play and unlock additional power for signing them up for the game. Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood is an entertaining game that isn’t perfect, but is fun enough to see you spending countless hours in the game before stopping, and best of all, it is available to play totally for free. Check it out today!

Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood is now available free-to-play exclusively for PC. For more information on the game, check out the official Einherjar: The Viking’s Blood website.

Game Features:

Game Information:
Developer: Appirits Inc.
Publisher: KBMJ
Available exclusively for PC
Release Date: January 15, 2012

Score: 7 out of 10

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Review of Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood on MMOHunter

Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood is a free-to-play browser-based game mixed with turn-based tactic and role-playing elements. Set in the backdrop of conquest and exploration around the 10th century, it casts players in the role of Viking leaders who will build home and join wars for growth. Generally, it is built on the basis of RTS but designed with turn-based battles and more details such as aging units, production of various goods, cold sleep, marriage system and so on.

Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood is extremely slow, if not accelerated by real money. Have you ever upgraded a structure from Lv. 1 to Lv. 1.1? Honestly, it is the first game that seems to have pushed slow-pace to the extremity. To level up the Lordhouse from Lv. 1 to Lv. 2, you have to go through 10 phases, five minutes each. In the very beginning, you can but follow the quest line, one quest at a time. Only when you finish one task can you unlock the next.

The entire gameplay simulates real life more than any other strategy game does to certain degree. In it, you will need to make logs into wood or ores to stone; you can ‘sometimes’ collect stone ores while quarrying, or ‘occasionally’ catch bears while hunting; and you need to dispatch units with specific attribute such as x amount of intelligence to construct certain buildings. Besides, your military units will grow and age – those below 12 years old can’t make expedition; those grown up can marry and give birth to baby; and all units grow to learn new skills while aging makes them weak with reduced stats starting from age 30. The aging system is interesting but vague – there is no clear explanation about how the unit can be one year older.

You can choose your character out of three weapon-locked avatars, Axe, Sword or Spear. Along with it is the triangle relationship of strength and weakness – Axe beats Spear, Spear beats Sword and Sword beats Axe. This is the basic factor you need to consider in deployment of units in turn-based battles. As you move on, you can also get the other three class types, including Sister (use recovery magic), Half Elf (ranged spellcaster), Archer, Guard and Dark Elf, each of which can only be recruited with special items such as Gospel and Yggdrasill Branch dropped by rare monsters. So to build up a strong army is slow and requires grinding a lot in the wild. And the units can be lost forever if their Life Points are drained to zero in battles.

Once you have a group of units (old enough to explore), you can take them into battles against NPC opponents firstly. Such kind of quests are offered in the bar of Hedeby, which may send you to defeat Ragnar- the corpse manipulator if you have met the quest condition of having the Book of Necromancer. 20 days’ travel? How long is that in real life? More than an hour; of that, I’m sure of. Again, the slowness beings to dampen the playing enthusiasm and the battle morale.

Also in Hedeby, you can find the market, guild and arena, which are self-explanatory of their function. Besides, you can also combine collected materials to craft new items which allow you to increase stats, boost HP or unlock a new skill to weapon. The marriage system allows units above 15 years old to marry and give birth to children who have a chance to inherit the Viking blood and learn advanced skills earlier; and the Cold Sleep system allows you to preserve the temporarily unused units, but requires 300 Power, the premium currency, for 30 days. Money can also buy in-game advantages such as double EX, double drop rate and fast forward one year, etc.

Einherjar – The Viking’s Blood has traditional strategy gameplay that digs deep to details and reveals of rich contents over time. However, it is highly possible that many players will leave the game and never return before they can discover what’s stored in the gameplay due to its unreasonable snail pace.

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Einherjar key features

  • Summon characters

Players can summon a variety of characters in Einherjar such as special and elite warriors to develop their armies. One good point is that players can perform summoning without any special items.

  • Aging

Einherjar owns an interesting feature, like in real life. That is the aging process of characters. When time passes by, all in-game characters will age and die eventually. Their basic indexes will be high when they are at young age and become weaker as they get older. It is this aspect that makes the game more challenging because players must think wisely to use their characters for a long progress of playing.

  • Cold Sleep

Einherjar sets a certain limit to the amount of active characters allowed according to players’ level. They cannot summon more characters if the limit is exceeded, unless one or more of their characters die on the battlefield. However, the game also provides a convenient function called “cold sleep” to help players overcome that problem. That means moving a character into an ice coffin to freeze that character. As for the characters in “cold sleep” state, their age will stay the same although the time keeps on passing. And players will be free to have more characters to strengthen their armies.

  • Marriage & Birth

Another lifelike aspect of Einherjar is the ability of letting characters marry and give birth. And of course these characters must be over 15 (the legitimate age in this game) to get married. Just as in real life, isn’t it? And speaking of birth, there is certainly the heredity. Sometimes an advanced skill of parents will be passed to their children. This feature makes the game more exciting and amazing.

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