Obviously, Royal Revolt incentivizes you to shell out real money to replenish in-game currency called gems that can be used to speed up building, buy more workers, and deploy powerful spells in combat. But if you're willing to wait, you'll naturally earn plenty of these by just playing the game normally.
Build up your kingdom: While raiding is a great and fun way to spend your time, there's plenty of other things you need to master to make yourself a better commander. Deciding between building up taverns (which grant gold) or farms (which grant bread loaves which you'll need to raid) is just one of the many decisions you'll make. You'll also have to design your own maze of towers and traps, invest in upgrading your troops, defensive waves, spells, wizard tower, barracks, silo, inventor shop, treasure room, and throne room.
There are many priorities, but only a couple of workers and limited resources, so you need to plan your strategy carefully. Leveling up your king and investing in archers early on may make sense if you like to do a lot of raids, but you may find that your kingdom is defenseless against other attackers and your farms and taverns are woefully unprepared to produce your war machine.
Tournaments with rewards: One of the bigger draws of the game is the timed tournaments you can participate in. These are essentially small leaderboards that keep track of who has accrued the most points and gold during a particular time against fellow players. The highest-ranking player at the end of the designated time period wins. There's a real incentive to keep playing in these tournaments because the rewards are nice (gems, gold, and more) and the more you raid, the more likely you are to win. The more time you spend signed off, the more likely you are to be raided. It's a rather simplistic — but effective — method for Flaregames to get players to check in with the game multiple times a day.
Since online play is such an essential part of the game, I wish they handled broken connections better. If you've waited for your poor farmers to finally finish producing enough bread loaves to raid and then have the connection to the raid disrupt, you're going to be very angry. You'll lose all of the bread loaves you just spent on the raid and all of the gold you could have won or gems you've used. I found myself cursing in rather creative and dramatic fashion whenever I got to my enemy's final defense, only to find the connection lost. It's a royal pain in the...
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