Is Forge of Empires Truly Free to Play?

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We're putting Forge of Empires from InnoGames through its paces in our newest F2PMeter. In this browser based empire building strategy game, players work towards completing a PVE campaign and working cooperatively with others to construct world wonders as they advance through various technological eras and build up their city.

Whilst the developers say the game is free, let’s put the game into our F2PMeter to see just how free it truly is.

Does the game require an initial purchase?

'No'

To play the game players do not need to make any payment.
Does the game require any continued paid subscription?

'No'

The game has no subscription plan options, their business model revolves around purchasing premium currency Diamonds.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?

'No'

The expansions and DLC content are free updates in the form of regular patches.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?

'Yes' takes away 5%

Cash can be spent directly on buying a few different Packages that grant Forge points (for research), resources, premium buildings and units, depending on the package that is purchased. Players will also be able to purchase Diamonds as the main premium currency that can be spent in game to purchase further premium units or buildings, rush production and research and various other elements.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?

'Yes (but...)' takes away 10%

Players can acquire units, buildings, resources and technologies far quicker than those playing the game without spending cash; whilst the game primarily focuses on PVE and friendly competition as opposed to direct PVP and conquering of lands, there are Guild v Guild options. Paying players gain a greater advantage.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?

'No'

Neither paying nor free accounts can customize their UI.
Does the game give access to all available classes and/or races?

'Yes'

Race/classes are not applicable to this game.
Does the game require have limitations to how the Market/Trade system is accessed?

'No'

There are no limitations when using these systems.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?

'No'

Free to play accounts do not see any inventory restrictions.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?

'Yes'

No restrictions are placed on any areas in the game.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?

'No'

Free accounts do not have any limitations on the end-game content they can experience.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?

'Yes' adds 5%

It very much depends on the type of player you are; if you are happy to stick with the PVE campaign content, working with other players to achieve victories, then it can be played for free. Anyone that wants to engage in any of the competitive elements such as racing for victories or Guild v Guild, then they will likely have to spend cash on Diamonds to compete.
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