Totem Tribe II: Jotun (PC) Preview

By Eric 19.03.2017 2

Review for Totem Tribe II: Jotun on PC

Totem Tribe II: Jotun is a MMO strategy that plays out over months of actual time. Developed by Enkord, it has been in development for over five years and is currently still in the alpha stage. This may sound a bit disconcerting, but it is actually a massive blend of genres. Though primarily a Civilization-style title, there are adventure elements, puzzle elements, PvP, and even RPG elements that many will gravitate towards one or more of them.

First things first, Totem Tribe II: Jotun has A LOT going on, and many of the screenshots published do not do it justice. A lot of them, as well as the splash page, look nothing more than any other cookie cutter, shovel-ware designed to plunder some quick dollars - for the record that is not this game, it is merely a comparison, as the depth this looks to contain is surprisingly massive.

Screenshot for Totem Tribe II: Jotun on PC

Essentially you start off with a small little Stone Age city that has to be built. Everything happens slowly, meaning a building will take five minutes to complete, with some taking hours or more, so this is not a game that can be rushed. There is one world where all players are on, meaning everyone gets a section of an ever-expanding world. What this means is that your town is competing against everyone else, from military, to alliances to borders. The game is "always on," so even if you are not playing, your hour-long building is still constructing, resources are still coming in, and so on.

As one builds the town, there are little quests that pop up that are reminiscent of older adventure style titles of trying to figure out puzzles or beating down enemies. The puzzles are surprisingly hard at times, but not necessary to advance forward. One of the cooler things is the change of aesthetics as the town levels up, with buildings getting more "advanced," and so on - little things like this go a long way.

Screenshot for Totem Tribe II: Jotun on PC

Final Thoughts

At this point there is a massive slowdown early in Totem Tribe II: Jotun that a lot of players may bail out on because there isn't much to do, which is unfortunate as there is actually a lot going on in here, and, hopefully this problem will be fixed. Regardless, the mix of genres is audacious if nothing else and comes together in a surprisingly decent manner.

Developer

Enkord

Publisher

Enkord

Genre

Strategy

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  n/a

Reader Score

Rated $score out of 10  0 (0 Votes)

European release date Out now   North America release date Out now   Japan release date None   Australian release date Out now   

Comments

Kraken (guest) 28.09.2017#1

There are huge problems with this game.  It has obviously been developed as a war game and is masquerading as an adventure/quest game.  There are huge discrepancies in player capabilities arising as a result of pay to play and experience that mean new players have absolutely no chance of progressing through any of the 'alternative win strategies'.  Basically if you do not team up with a large aggressive alliance at the very beginning you have no zero chance of finishing the game.  Weighting are hugely in favour of warlike behaviour and peaceful behaviour is massively penalised.  Played for about six months and decided it was a game with huge potential completely wasted by preoccupation with WAR!!!!!  Developers need to decide what their objective is.  Just another war game.  A waste of time!!!!
 

Simon (guest) 09.11.2017#2

DO not believe the fake advert.Developer which goes by the name of berserker is absolutely pathetic.Never takes opinions of other players,does stupid updates that kill the game and then if you try to say something against it or disagree with developers - he bans your chat so you would keep quiet and learn to obey his orders like a slave.I am very saddened to say that this game will never be finished in 20 years if this keeps up.
And I bet this comment will be deleted as well,just because I am saying the harsh truth that "berserker" does not want to hear.
Its really sad,because the game is good and berserker is making it worse with his "balance" updates.

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