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Forge of Empires
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About Forge of Empires

Forge of Empires, found online at, is an online strategy game from game creator InnoGames which claims that since it was launched in 2012 it has become one of the most successful browser based games on the market.

How Does It Work?

This game is available from InnoGames, the same publisher of games like Tribal Wars and “Grepolis,” a game set specifically in the Greek empires. All these games have similar themes, in that they allow players to use serious strategic game play in order to build, expand, and defend an empire, with an emphasis on “excellent visual appeal.”

Players begin the Forge of Empires by creating a settlement in the Stone Age, and quickly have to develop a strategy for developing capital and expanding your empire by conquering nearby settlements and lands. As the game continues, time will elapse, taking you out of the Stone Age and through the years to the Middle Ages. 

Even when you turn the game off and are not actively playing, the Forge of Empires world will continue to change and move forward, and the strategies that you have put in place will continue, meaning that goods will continue to be produced, troops can be collected, and more. 

In addition to the strategic game play, the website says that Forge of Empires does offer access to a huge gaming community, which brings “players from all over the world together.”

Mobile Options

Currently this game is only available to be played on iOS devices and home computers, it is not yet available for Android devices, and at this time no information is given about if or when this options will be available. 

Cost/Price Plans

Forge of Empires likes to spend a fair amount of time emphasizing the fact that they are a free browser game which charges absolutely no fees to get started, and this is true. However, people who play this game say that in reality, to describe this game as a “free” game is not entirely accurate.

Though you do not have to pay any fees to register or get started with this game, to advance successfully through the game, there will be many different things that you will be expected to build or accomplish, in order to progress. And to do these things quickly or correctly will require “diamonds,” this game’s form of currency. 

While you can perform certain tasks or quests in order to earn or win diamonds, most game players admit that to be successful with this game or to move forward at a pace you are comfortable with, you will need to purchase diamonds. Unfortunately, the game does not open publish the costs of their diamonds, though they are available in packages of different amounts, with larger packages providing a discount on the per diamond price.  

Refund Policy

The website does not provide any information regarding refunds for diamond packages if customers mistakenly purchased the wrong package, or if they decide to quit or leave the game with remaining diamonds. The reality is that this game likely doesn’t provide any refunds for these costs, so customers should consider this when deciding to purchase diamond packages.  

Customer Service Contact Info

Customers who would like to contact Customer Service with any questions, concerns, or complaints can do so by email at [email protected] or by submitting them directly to their website through the Contact Us link.


This game has mixed reviews, which is not a surprise as gaming experiences are a very specific and personal thing, and different people are looking for different things in the games that they play. Many complaints that users had revolved around the description of this game as “free” though they believe that players who don’t purchase diamonds are at a serious disadvantage.

Some players have also mentioned that InnoGames is a German based company and that they believe there are some language and translation issues, but this wasn’t as common of a complaint.  

Competitors and Alternatives?

The world of strategic online browser games is very large, and there are very many games available for people who are interested in different settings, different themes, and different skills. The right game really just depends on your personal needs. 

If you have any experience with this company or their products, please leave your Forge of Empires reviews below.

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FoE: Great Game, but Challenging w/o Diamonds

October12, 2018

It's a great game but there is a steep learning curve to it. A previous comment stated one can progress without diamonds but one needs patience. Yes and No. I played for almost a year without diamonds. The early eras are ok but to advance to upper levels you need diamonds. The trick is to buy strategically and only when you really need them. You will wind up spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars on diamonds if you are not careful. To buy none means taking months to get to upper levels. Joining a legitimate guild that is tight and helpful is a real bonus. There are trading guilds and bonus guilds. Choose which one you like. I reached Future Era and plan to play it for years.

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FoE Creates fake ads

September24, 2018

So basically what FoE likes to do is create fake sex/weird ads like you will get to fuck the characters or they will make you play a fake mini game or a fake page rating it "10/10" making it look professional. I think there is about 40 variable websites hey use to lure you into playing this boring build fest that is nothing like the game play. They also like to do pop up things with these fake ads.

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Expensive or boring

September9, 2018

I’ve played for a couple of weeks and I am fed up and have deleted the game.

1) You need to buy diamonds and lots of them to progress at a reasonable pace.

2) you need to earn or buy, with diamonds, land blocks to expand your city. Without the expansions you can’t get access to resources, build army units etc.

3) in the early stages you can build army units that have a reasonable chance of conquering new provinces - which give you access to products that improve productivity.

However, very quickly, you find that you get beaten and you are having to wait an hour and a half to regenerate a new soldier or - oh yes - speed the process by buying diamonds.

For the last week tried without using diamonds. Very, very, very slow and very, very very boring.

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One of the best strategy games I've played

August21, 2018

Easy to start, but a little complex to learn. That's very interesting for me.
Guilds are very good at helping to understand the game and make you advance further.
Diamonds, forget it. It's possible to do anything and pass all events without them. You really need to buy many, to make a difference, and then why playing, if you buy everything?
The key word for most strategy games: Patience :)

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GvG Landing zones bogus

May4, 2018

The whole idea of the landing zones is stupid. just let people land anywhere along the edges. that way more people can play and there will be actual competition. not a few guilds with members hopping in between each other, creating ghost guilds, and many other tricks to make an already unfair advantage to large guilds even more unfair.

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September 03, 2018

Playing 4 months - patience and strategy come 1s! Focus is on building - not killing! Excellent

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