This massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is well-made, but while battle against other players is fun, the single player game is incredibly stale and boring. AxE: Alliance Vs Empire is attractive, slick, and sets up the kind of conflict fantasy lovers have come to expect. Still, its gameplay is predictable and its visuals are a bit too familiar—so much so, you'd be hard-pressed to differentiate it from any other fantasy MMO. It's not that the app's bad; heroes are attractive, environments are as they should be, and effects are suitably sparkly. The interface is well-organized, and the app does a reasonably good job of setting up the drama and teaching you how to play. The thing is, it's boring. Crafting's easy since money and materials are plentiful, and combat isn't challenging, especially since you can hit an Auto-battle button and let the app do everything for you. In fact, so much time's spent hitting “Collect Reward” buttons, you're liable to feel like a lab rat with a bell and a treat dispenser.
With gameplay automated and rewards insanely common, the app's saving grace -- the only break you get from staring at the screen in a zombie-like trance—is versus play. Designated areas let players from opposite factions attack one another at random, where you'll finally encounter some challenge. An onscreen meter creates tension by letting you see where/how near your enemies are, and a Revenge list lets you track (and get back at) players who defeat you. The versus play gets even more dangerous if you jump into Arena or the various War modes, but without danger, what's an MMO? MMOs are on the decline these days, and with games like AxE: Alliance vs Empire, it's not hard to see why. The app's unoriginal concept, generic fantasy aesthetic, predictable gameplay, and Auto-play feature make for a bland role-playing experience, one the fantasy fans in your home won't mind missing out on.