Ikariam is an MMO civilization style game. It’s browser based meaning it needs no graphics card, nor lot of space in your hard disk. It simply needs a browser and access to the internet, so you’ll be able to play even with the new Google Chrome OS (and that’s good news because you are going to install it when it’s released).
In ikariam, I have 4 cities, in islands with marble, wine, sulfur, and crystal glass. Each one is gathered by my men, and used for different causes, mainly military. I have entered an alliance, where we accept 1 vs 1, and is mostly military. What i love most in this game is that it’s played by grown people, most of them mentally healthy.
Recently I was attacked by a humanoid which had x4 points than me, but his military points were equal to mine. I have talked to it, but never received an answer, so I informed our general. Since he wanted to test his new military units, bombers, I let him attack, and I was astonished from the result. The city of my target was defended and by a teammate of his alliance, but my general had sent enough troops. During the attack my target warned my general that it would inform its own leader to attack him. It also said to retreat his troops in 5 minutes. lol, 5 minutes was his remaining life. After that I attacked too and looted the goods that he stole me. After that I attacked 2 more times and earned even more goods.
But that was not the end. I saw an attack coming from another city of it. The attack would reach my city in 1 hour, so I had time to prepare defence. I transferred units in my city and upgraded the wall, sent spies in its cities and saw its communications. I saw that it talked to its teammate, so I was for a double defence. It blocked my harbor, before I realised, and an attack was inbound from his teammate with troops I couldn’t even match. I was tricked and vulnerable at that time, and then diplomacy took place. My general talked to it and his friend. The attack had been retrieved, but after a while it was inbound again. 7 hours for the block to end and transfer my goods and units to another city, I couldn’t make it. I had closed all of my productions so it’ll not loot many goods. 3 minutes before the attack, it retrieved it. Not knowing exactly what happened I informed my general and he answered me that his is still negotiating. The leader of my alliance was involved too!!
At last the block ended, no attack until then. I transferred everything in another city and it all went well. Negotiations had worked, and justice has been given. After that an other player attacked me, with even more military points than me. I just communicated with him being ironic, and he retrieved his troops. WHAT THE HELL HAS HAPPENED? When I asked her (yeah the player had the nick “sexy”), she said that she retrieved her troops because I didn’t swear her. After that I sent her 2000 units of marble and she thanked me. I LOVED THAT MOMENT, SO SWEET :O !!
I recommend you all join ikariam, preferably in your local language since people are more talkative there. We even go for a real life cafe in our alliance! Also pick a good alliance which has members around you, not the most powerful though since the game would lose its meaning. Mine alliance is ranked 120th, and I really loved ikariam from that moment. I really think everyone in the government should play the game to see how things turn up in virtual world, like soldiers who are trained in video games. That way they would earn xp points and would be better politicians in real life. Whoahhh!!!