Empires and Allies

Game review by
Carolyn Koh, Common Sense Media
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War strategy Facebook game is polished fun.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 14+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

This strategy game promotes warfare. Players defend their homes against invading forces and can choose to invade or help others. There are many more opportunities to help than to invade others.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters in this game come in all genders and races. The main commander who leads the storyline is female. They command battles, but are clearly "good guys."

Ease of Play

The user interface is extremely simple and everything is accomplished by a mouse-click.


Violence is depicted via explosions and black smoke clouds. Planes, tanks, and ships disappear in a cloud of black smoke and ground troops turn into gravestones for a second or two before disappearing. Everything has a very cartoon-ish look and feel.


Players can purchase Empire Points with real money. Empire points are used to buy premium items rather than earning them through play. They can also be used to reduce time for resources to replenish. Advertising for this system is not pushy, but it is seen in each quest window.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Empires and Allies is a war strategy game on Facebook that encourages players to create a large circle of friends, which could cause privacy concerns. It is free to play, but players can spend real money to purchase premium items and speed up play. There is some violence, but it cartoon-ish in presentation. Parents should also know that this game is published by the same company that created Mafia Wars and Farmville, two very popular and addictive Facebook games.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byuiysdhck January 5, 2021
Adult Written bycromat October 22, 2013

Empires and Allies

Yeah, the game is pretty cool. I am playing it now for about 2 years. Also, I found a working Empires And Allies Hack. Try it here: www(dot)fbgameshacks(dot)com... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLegend736 March 31, 2012

No,I dont want to buy!

This game does everything it can to persuade you tto buy items.Play a proper strategy game like Age of Empires instead.
Kid, 10 years old July 27, 2011

awesome but, waiting

it's extreamly fun!!! but, once you do everything then it becomes a waiting game.

What's it about?

In EMPIRES AND ALLIES the Dark Alliance has attacked your country and you must defend your humble island nation and assist your allies. Players begin by clearing the land of destroyed buildings before setting to work building their own. They can create homes for refugees and workers, as well as farms, lumber yards, oil rigs, and ore mines to gather the materials they need. Players must also construct the means to defend their land, including barracks, naval shipyards, and hangars to manufacture the machines of war.

Is it any good?

Empires and Allies is the latest offering from Zynga and is easily the most polished of their various building games, which include Frontierville and Cityville. It places a strong focus on community, which makes working with neighbors essential. Each player makes only one kind of ore, which means they have to obtain other kinds by asking friends for them, picking them up as a reward for helping allies, or buying them from their friends' markets. Icons on the friend's ladder show when rewards may be received by helping out on a friend's island. This leads to the temptation to add as many players as possible to your community, which leads to privacy issues for younger players.

With the ability to participate in war games in the storyline as well as against friends and their attackers, the game can be quite compelling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Facebook Privacy. Do you realize that everyone you invite as a friend can see your wall and your photos? Do you know who these people are? Do you want them to see everything?

  • Families can also talk about creating a separate profile just to play games so kids can add people who do not have permission to see their photo albums or post to their walls.

Game details

  • Platforms: Facebook
  • Price: Free & Microtransaction
  • Available online? Available online
  • Release date: June 9, 2011
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: NR for Not Available
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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