Plarium’s Stormfall: Rise of Balur Launches on iOS, Android

Stormfall Rise of BalurTotal Domination: Reborn developer, Plarium, has today announced the official release of Stormfall: Rise of Balur on iOS and Android devices. The game is the follow-up to Stormfall: Age of War (our review), which released on Facebook in late 2012, and has been played by over 30 million players around the world. This new installment in the franchise has been developed specifically for mobile platforms, and challenges players to construct and defend their kingdom in a medieval fantasy setting.

In Stormfall: Rise of Balur, players build their kingdom by balancing the use of key resources, including food, gold and iron. Players generate food in farms, iron in mines and gold from their kingdom’s citizens. These buildings can be upgraded to increase their productivity, with building and upgrade tasks taking time to complete. Users can wait for this time to expire naturally, or spend premium currency to instantly skip the wait. All building timers under five minutes can be skipped for free.

Stormfall: Rise of BalurPlayers can research new technologies for their kingdom in the “Lost Arts” building. As players spend their resources on unlocking these upgrades, they’ll receive access to new buildings for their kingdom, new soldier types for their army, and so on. These Lost Arts require scrolls, specific buildings, upgrades and other items to unlock, but will also unlock additional boosts for any associated military units. Upgrading the “Composite Bow” Lost Art, for instance, upgrades an archer’s offensive and defensive stats.

Players recruit military units including archers, paladins and pikemen (among others), and can assign these to attack computer or player-controlled bases on the world map. Battles take place automatically in the background, and players can check the results of an attack or raid via a report that appears in their inbox after the journey is complete. It’s worth noting, the game also allows users to send specific defensive units to defend strategic locations on the map, so the army’s purpose isn’t entirely focused on attacking.

For other social features, players can chat with each other in real time via a chat window, or join a league with other players. Gamers can see how they stack up against others (or other leagues) via the game’s rankings. Players will also receive achievements as they complete specific tasks in the game.

“As mobile continues to be a thriving platform for gaming, Stormfall: Rise of Balur allows our hardcore community to immerse themselves in an MMO experience, all at their own convenience,” said Avi Shalel, CEO of Plarium, in a statement. “In addition to enhancing the features that made the social version so popular, we redesigned many visual aspects of the game to increase clarity and depth, and adapt to a smaller screen.”

Stormfall: Rise of Balur is available to download for free on the iTunes App Store and Google Play.