F2PMeter: Is Grepolis at War Truly Free to Play?

Grepolis is free to play browser strategy game where players must build up their own ancient Greek settlement. Field an army of soldiers and mythical creatures, give worship to the various gods of the Greek pantheon, spread your territory and compete against other players in PVP. The game is apparently free to play, but our F2PMeter will be the judge of that!
Does the game require an initial purchase?

'No'

The game can be accessed and played for free.
Does the game require any continued paid subscription?

'No'

There are no subscription options in the game.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?

'No'

The DLC and updates are given as free patch downloads.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?

'Yes' takes away 5%

Players are able to buy Gold premium currency which is then spent in different ways on various in-game features.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?

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

Mostly focusing on convenience and boosts, players can rush building production, replace missing resources, and buy different Advisors. Advisors provide the biggest advantage as they give players new options and extra boosts for different Economic, Military and other aspects of the game.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?

'Yes (but...)' takes away 5%

If players purchase the Administrator Advisor then they gain access to the Quick Bar, which provides various short cuts to different tasks and features. This can be fully edited and customized using Javascript.
Does the game give access to all available classes and/or races?

'Yes'

There aren’t any races or classes.
Does the game require have limitations to how the 'Auction House' /Market/Trade system is accessed?

'No'

Players can freely trade without restriction.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?

'No'

Warehouses used for storing goods are available to everyone.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?

'Yes'

All areas are full accessible to free accounts.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?

'No'

All content can be freely accessed by players.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?

'Yes (but...)' adds 10%

If players wish to play casually and just enjoy advancing and building up a settlement, then the game provides everything for free. Playing competitively and trying to increase your score to beat other players does require Gold simply to compete against those top players already using it. As gold can be used in every area, particularly in improving your military, it does provide an advantage. Most players will at least want to buy the Administrator advisor due to the benefits gained from having him.
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