- 1 An Introduction to Asterix and Friends
- 2 Asterix and Friends : Gameplay
- 3 Features of Asterix and Friends
- 4 Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Asterix and Friends
- 5 Personal Impressions of Asterix and Friends
- 6 App Specifics for Asterix and Friends
- 7 Download Asterix and Friends
- 8 Summary
An Introduction to Asterix and Friends
The Epic world of Asterix is back in new digital form! Filled with much loved characters like Obelix and Dogmatix along with some new faces, players collect and gather various resources to build up their Gaulish village and build and train troops to successfully fend off the pesky ever invading Romans.
Asterix and Friends : Gameplay
Similar to other build games players adopt the role of the game’s protagonist and in this case he is named, “Pointandclix”!! Charged with preserving and expanding the Gaulish way of life, Pointandclix must cut down trees for lumber, break rocks, harvest wheat, fish and hunt etc. along with attacking Roman patrols. All of a staple of ‘food’ will be consumed for each task which acts as the energy bar meter within the game.
Food supplies replenish naturally through farms, levelling up, catching boar and fish and through various other rewards and bonuses. If however after a binge of play players run out of food, then players can always watch a thirty second ad for more food.
Yet above all, fighting the Romans is the main objective of the game and by upgrading your village players can increase their troops, train and equip better weapons to aid in defeating more and more Romans.
Features of Asterix and Friends
BUILD YOUR OWN VILLAGE IN THE WORLD OF ASTERIX
Hunt wild boars, fish out the best quality seafood to prepare a delicious meal for Obelix, or just slap it in the face of your opponents! Gather wood, stone, wheat, and many more resources to re-build your village and lead Asterix and Friends to victory!
FIGHT JULIUS CAESAR AND BEAT UP HIS ROMAN ARMY
Explore the power of a vast array of potions, craft weapons and armors. Reunite your favorite characters, equip and train them to be ready to strike back at the Roman Empire!
TRADE AND BATTLE SIDE-BY-SIDE WITH YOUR FRIENDS
Join a guild, or make your own and help your fellow Gauls to fight off the invading legions! Engage in hilarious village brawls with your friends or foes to reach fame and glory in Gaul’s history!
EXPLORE ASTERIX’S WORLD AND COMPLETE EXCITING QUESTS
Fulfill the many quests Asterix and Friends will challenge you with, and they will reward you abundantly and even join you in the battle to free Gaul from the Roman armies and help you sail to new shores.
Tips ‘n’ Tricks for Asterix and Friends
Play with Patience!
Asterix and friends is all about slow and steady. Seriously!! Be prepared to slog it out in the grind! Levelling up and gaining XP takes time and can be a little frustrating to start with. Earning XP can be done through a variety of ways but defeating Roman patrols, completing quests, gathering resources and through daily bonuses etc. Collecting water does not earn XP in Gaul but it should be noted that it does in Egypt!
Food is Fuel! – # Don’t Feed The Villagers!
Attacking Roman patrols will lower a villagers’ temporary health which can be seen by having a food icon appear their head. Having lower strength reduces attacking power and if they have zero strength that they can fight at all. Thus by feeding villagers, they can recover their strength and attack stronger, however, villagers vitality will naturally recover one strength every five minutes. So as stated above, patience is pays better by spending food on collecting resources rather than feeding villagers.
The only exception to this is if you have absolutely maxed out all storages, or lost an attack. For just as players health regenerate, Romans’ do too. So if players do unfortunately lose an attack, it is best to feed villagers so that they can attack again and again in a battle of attrition, weakening the opponent until success is won rather than letting them come back to full power.
It should also be noted that from level 20 “Pointandclix” can travel to Egypt and thus if needing to feed villagers feed everyone except him as he can feed in either village which saves a bit of food.
The rate of food generated in the villages is 1 every five minutes and 1 every 15 minutes for the southern farm. Upgrading the food buildings only increases the capacity of storage within the building and not the speed of production, of which there is unfortunately no way to increase food generating speed.
As annoying and time consuming as they are, upgrading buildings and training troops as soon as the option becomes available will pay off quicker in the long run as higher level upgrades increase in time and materials as the game progress, so it is best to get them out of the way as quick as possible. Upgrading villager huts may seem like a waste of time and resources in comparison to other crafting buildings, yet by upgrading a villagers hut their strength increases by one!
“Sesterce” is the primary currency as used for almost everything! They can be earnt from selling items, defeating Roman troops, and generated from the butcher, the fish market, the tavern and completing quests.
“Roman Helmets” are the premium currency and as with virtually every other resource-collecting / build game can be bought for real life money and can be (scarcely and painstakingly) won through in game accomplishments and rewards. Thus being the hard to obtain premium currency, it is vital to use every single one to their fullest value!
The best way to properly use the precious and valued “helmets” is to increase the size of the inventory pouch. On the flip side however, the worst thing to do is to spend helmets spending up build times.
Above all, this is the biggest and most important piece of advice! Spend helmets on increasing the inventory pouch and do not ever spend them speeding up builds! ! !
Manage Your Inventory!
The inventory pouch is perhaps one of the biggest and most underestimated aspects of the game!
Therefore it is highly important to manage it with the utmost efficiency. First off, expand the capacity as much as possible by spending helmets. Players can hold up to ten (or less depending) of an item. If more is collected then a new slot will be used. Refrain from selling goods from the inventory as the amount of coins is not, not worth it! Even if an item appears to be of no use, keep it! For it will undoubtedly quickly become a precious commodity. If space becomes an issue then either trade or sell the most easily obtainable items (for lower levels), such as boar entrails and skins, fish, crabs and water etc. and endeavor to hold onto those rare items which at later stages will become as treasured as ‘Sméagol’s Precious’!
Be a Crafty Craftsman!
As with every build / simulation game, keeping busy is the only way to quickly progress through the game. Yet rather than just running around in circles, it is important to focus on sprinting in the right direction and towards the future. Thus, it is valuable to pay attention to what is needed to craft each item and focus on either gathering those items or crafting items that are the most valuable and versatile to craft higher level items.
As stated above, being stagnant is the worst thing in a build game. So once all resource storages have been maxed and surrounding Roman troops have been defeated, rather than simply doing nothing it is best to head to the village boxing ring to open up a fight to earn more XP and coins. Doing so can also open up the chance to either lose unwanted items from the inventory or risk a wanted one to double up! (Beware though, as the matching algorithm seems to be a little unfair at times, and unexpected loses and wins do occur regularly).
Serve Up the Sesterce!
The Butcher, Fish Market and Tavern produce the much needed primary coin currency of the game, Sesterce. By selling an item through these buildings players will lose said item yet will speed up the rate of coin production. For higher rates, it is best to equip each building with a pre-crafted dish rather than just raw materials : (See above paragraph / Crafty Craftsman). Beware however as each equipped item has a varied time limit, so if players are not able to log in regularly to collect earnt coins, then the building may reached its limit and not produce anymore coins until the vaults are emptied again.
Additional Tips ～
There are numerous other styles of gameplay that can aid in ease and speed of progress, yet just to highlight a few others;
- If you do spend IRL money, then wait for ‘special offer’ time sale bargains.
- Join or create a guild to fight each-others battles! (This prevents the Caesar Meter from raising and the re-occurrence of spawning troops.
- Trade with other players (with generosity, as the good karma will come back later).
- Attack patrols that block fishing and hunting spots along with key collection points first.
- Always keep at least one inventory slot free for an unknown, unlikely pickup of a new item.
- Again, save precious resources, herbs etc., use helmets frugally and enjoy!
Personal Impressions of Asterix and Friends
There are many positives within Asterix and Friends! So starting with that …
The ease and temperament of play along with the ability to continuously stay busy can quickly draw players into a highly addictive routine and make Asterix and Friends very hard to put down. The grind of the lower levels is expertly refreshed at just the right time with new energy and desire to succeed upon reaching level 20 where the Egypt chapter opens up and players can find new incentive to invest more time and desire to progress higher throughout the game.
The BGM can become tiresome, but the sound effects are lighthearted (and helpful for finding fish and boar) as are the graphics and all-around atmosphere and feel of the game which makes it great for children as well which does justice to the comics I read as a kid (and perhaps had some influence on my study and interest of history)! The storyline, items and characters etc. are honest and true to their origins which create a genuine sense of nostalgia for anyone who knew the original print version.
Yet as with everything, where there is the yang, there is the yin …
I am personally a huge fan of the long game rather than the short term / quick to pick up and fast to put down style of game. Nothing is more rewarding in gaming than successfully completing that hard to reach hurdle. Nevertheless it can be equally so device smashing frustratingly when play is wasteful in such slow games. An example of this is that players must lose the items needed to require an item if accidently ‘fat-thumbing’ a craft, which rather than being able to be returned, feels a little stingy for such a slow moving game. This is especially felt when planning builds before going offline and /or being inactive for a length of time.
With all of that said, this may not be the ultimate game for everyone, yet for those familiar with the genre, it may well be worth picking up for free!
Borders on three, but for nostalgic bias alone, four stars out of five.
App Specifics for Asterix and Friends
1.3.9 (iOS) (Last Update Sept 14 2016) (as at the time of writing)
1.3.9 (Android) (Last Update Sept 14 2016) (as at the time of writing)
157 MB (iOS)
85 MB (Android)
7.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
4.0 or above.
Rated for 3+
English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish.
$4.99 ～ $159.99
BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Europe
Download Asterix and Friends
App Store : iOS
Google Play : Android
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