The Battle of Polytopia is a 4X turn-based world-building strategy game developed by Swedish gaming company Midjiwan AB. It was released in February 2016 for iOS and Android. The player leads one of fifteen tribes to develop an empire and defeat opponents in a low poly square-shaped world. It is playable alone against AI, against friends in a “Pass & Play” mode, and against online opponents in multiplayer mode.
The Battle of Polytopia Rating
*User Score (Steam): 9.7 / 10 *
The Battle of Polytopia Reviews
Polytopia is a great little game to play with friends or by yourself while your listening to music, there’s a few tribes that are a right pain in the ass to deal with and some that could use a few balance tweaks but apart form that my over all experience is a very fun one, definitely worth a shot if you’ve got some spare cash.
Polytopia Mobile is favorite games ever and this just adds to it with larger maps, a better UI and better terrain generation AI alongside new map types. 100% would recommend picking up. I’v easily sank hundreds of hours into the mobile version and i plan to do the same on PC
its a good game but on the store page, it says that the game is cross platform but I can’t play with my friend on android. Please remove the tag that says cross platform because it is misinforming. If you are looking to play with friends that have the version of the game on mobile then don’t get the stem version. Hopefully the developers come up with cross platform soon.
It’s a simple game with lots of depth and replayability.
Games last about 20 minutes, so you can get a full campaign in before work or school and think about it all day.
The typical 4x stuff is all here; food, industry, research, combat, siege, expansion etc, but they’re all cramped onto a tiny board where cities will rarely expand passed 5 tiles wide in diameter. Interactivity is high and you’ll find most of the players about a third of the way into a typical 30 turn game.
Building, research and development are all performed instantly on your turn, and all consume [Stars] which you earn based on city development.
That might make your planning sound simple, but the constant presence of enemies and the faction specific terrain that each civilization asserts makes your decision making less straightforward. The locations of new settlements are also predetermined and therefore reward proactive exploration.
The output of your special buildings increases over time, giving an incentive for passive civilizations to research and build various kinds of temples.
Battle of Polytopia an terrific option if you don’t have much time for 4X campaigns anymore or you’re trying to get a youngster into an unchallenging (seeming) strategy game experience.
Have it on IOS, wish i could have the same purchases for the three tribes. Just a couple things that could make it better but I love the creative mode with the massive map. Wish there was a negotiation menu with the tribes that you have met. But other than that, one of my all time favorite games.
Great strategy game as expected after playing the mobile version. Very coherent artstyle that’s suitable for anyone who love cuteness. Would recommend the following improvements:
1 . We need a chatroom for communicating with opponents. Since there’s a turn timer, you need to tell the other person if you’re going to sleep or work or the toilet. It avoids unnecessary turn skips.
2 . A simpler (?) version of 1. would be adding the player status, as in showing if players are online or offline.
3 . Teaming up against each other would be a fun mode! Would love to see 2v2 or 3v3 in the future!
4 . Would love to customize my own avatar by choosing the clothes and gender on my own instead of relying on computer generated ones~
5 . Add the trackpad scroll function to the Mac Version. It feels weird to drag down the menu when you’re using a computer instead of a phone.
6 . Allow us to send rude reminders to our opponents even after time is up so we don’t have to skip their turn.
Great game, been playing it for 3 years on mobile and snatched the Steam version as soon as it was out.
The game itself is very well made and has been worth every penny I’ve spent on it. Initially it felt like a much, much simpler Age of Wonders-like game, but behind that simplicity you can find surprisingly many little perks and details that are important from a strategic viewpoint, which is exactly what makes it an excellent strategy game. Also, the team behind has a pretty good collective sense of humour.
Now, when it comes to this Steam release, it’s definitely the same great game with a handful of nice additional features. As of right now I’d say however that it still needs some QoL updates to make it better for PCs and I can also more clearly see areas for future development and new features. But I’m very confident the devs will deliver considering how far this game has come since the first iOS release, and it’s a darn good game as is, so don’t let that be a hinder if you’re considering whether to get this game or not.
A fast Civ-like game that isn’t as deep as it pretends to be, but is cheap enough and cute enough to scratch a 4x itch while boiling it down to its simplest components. I wish it had more depth, but that’s not the point, and I respect that design decision. After about ten playthroughs got bored, but felt like I got my money’s worth. It’s pretty, too, and would make a nice game to play with with friends or for just a 30 minute break in the day.
I started playing this on mobile with some friends and it has quickly won a place as one of my favorite games. It’s like the game of Risk, but with extra features that a board game couldn’t do. The colorful graphics are simple yet beautiful and the music is awesome. I’d absolutely suggest this game if you have friends to play it with, and be sure to check out the tribe music remixes.
Awesome game! Although it has somewhat basic mechanics, it develops a decent complexity as all the different types of soldiers come together.
But I have 1 big wish:
The difference of 1h and 1d is wayy too big! I want a multiplayer where I can set 4h as my time limit, 6h, 8h and 12h will also be useful, as people sleep… A customizable time limit would be perfect
Simpler than I expected, but still worth buying and playing. This is the closest thing to Civ 5 + Advance Wars that I’ve played, and I would love to see more games like this. The core game is very solid and I hope that the game continues to get more content. I’d rate it a solid 4/5 as is.
I hope that the developer adds workshop support. There is so much potential for modding and fan balancing. It would be great to see complex differences between the non-DLC civilizations, even going further than Civ 5 + Vox Populi has. Unique units, buildings, different techs, differences between shared units, civ bonuses, etc.
Had this game on mobile for the longest time and I used to play with a group of my friends in school. Absolutely worth the $15 price on steam, dlc is meh but the dlc isn’t expensive so buy it if you’d like. Other than the dlc being iffy the game itself is amazing. I wish there was more things you could place as strategic points, I wish there was walls or you could place water somehow, it’d be a game changer honestly. Other than that can’t wait for updates in the future on this game.
Polytopia´s low poly design makes it easy on the eyes for those who play it for long which is unlikely for the casual player Simple Strategy design, and many cute cubed tribes to choose from, however, many will feel this game is best on mobile which just so happens to be its birthplace if you are a casual gamer then this game is not worth your money and you should look at its mobile predecessor however if you rather have all the tribes (excluding the specials) on your laptop or pc than this is the bang for your buck if this paragraph is too long to read then let me make a few pointsEasy on the eyes, simple strategy mechanics with cute cubed tribesA design that makes you feel as if you’re playing a mobile gameThe same as the mobile version but the game will feel more quick compared to the said versionRecommended to a casual audience
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I recently got the mobile version of the game and it was probably the best mobile game I’d ever seen but I didn’t want to have to pay for all the extra tribes and stuff so I was excited when I heard about a steam version and how it was cheaper than buying all the extra tribes on mobile so I bought it a couple of days after its release and it did not disappoint and I am now addicted to it. Unfortunatly my pc recently crashed and is working on getting back up to date with the current version of windows which means whenever I go onto polytopia it is incredibly laggy so I’m not playing it as much as I was at first but it’s a great game something I would like to see is mode where you can build the world like tile for tile that would be nice though is a way to message friends on it and can’t wait for the tech after shields. Anyway ten out of ten from me would definitly recommend if your a fan of strategy games and civ
If your hoping to buy this for multiplayer that the mobile lacks. dont buy this game! REally Disappointed!
I bought this hoping i can get on and play a human being like in RISK, but nope. The way this was engineered was poor designed. They should have not designed it the way they did. I cant ever get a game going with out having to wait hours between play time and even turns. And i don’t like how it tries to hopes you have RL friends to fix its setup.
I recommend if they ever read this to start off small. Have it have just automatic group 4 ppl and play. and keep doing so with time limit turns like in Civ and RISK. Then later once a bigger player base has been established then switch to more customized games. PLEASE FIX YOUR MULTIPLAYER TO BE MORE USER FRIENDLY!
I’ve played the mobile game since it came out, and often found myself thinking, ‘damn, I wish this was a bigger game.’ Well, wish granted! As soon as I found out that they’d put this on steam, I got it. Now, I can play it on my computer or my phone, and the computer version has some cool extra features. If you’ve played the mobile version and enjoyed it, you’ll definitely enjoy Moonrise.
One of my all-time favorite games. There is so much room for personal strategy, and every tribe is so unique. They all have individual skill sets, cool-looking and often vastly different geology, and lovable aesthetics. This is such a great translation from an iPhone game to a steam game.
Hard crash to desktop after map start. Every. Single. Time. Unplayable.
Maybe you’ll be a lucky one and not have this crash out and be unplayable. Then again, maybe not. From the community boards looks like this issue has been around for a month. No patch as of yet.
Refunded. I guess in the age of refunds you can pick this up, see if it works for you, and if it doesn’t, refund it. But consider yourself warned !
Good strategy game and Beautifully minimalist. I know the battle of polytopia for quite a long time now (started on phone) and adding all those new tribes and multiplayer really gives what it was missing to make it a game I regularly return to. Sad note though: at the moment gathering players for anything else than 1v1 is quite cumbersome at best (undoable otherwise), we need a smart little algorithm to fix that.
I remember playing this at lunch on my phone with my preebs a few years ago. Great flippin times <3 teaming, backstabbing, yelling, cheating, and goofy mistakes were made a lot.
I played this in chess club instead of chess because I thought this game was really fun and my friends would have rather played this instead. If you like chess with rng, you might like this game