F2PMeter: Is Sparta: War of Empires at War Truly Free to Play?

We’re putting Sparta: War of Empires through our F2PMeter this time round. Apparently free to play (we’ll soon see…), this browser-based strategy title allows players to gather resources, build cities and raise armies. With PVP focused gameplay and challenging PVE against the mighty Persian Empire, let’s see how free the game really is.
Does the game require an initial purchase?

'No'

There is no purchase necessary to play.
Does the game require any continued paid subscription?

'No (but...)' takes away 10%

Whilst there is no compulsory subscription, there is an optional vip system called “Dominion Status” that players can pay to increase their level, and then pay to activate their Dominion time or accrue time by logging in. Dominion Status grants a variety of boosts depending on the level a player has upgraded it to.
Does the game require spending money on DLC packs or expansions?

'No'

The game doesn’t have any expansion packs.
Does the game support micro-transactions? Can anything be purchased in-game using real world money?

'Yes' takes away 5%

Players purchase a variety of items with real cash for use in the game, these can be anything from packages of in-game items to the premium Drachma currency.
Do any of the micro-transactions give players an advantages?

'Yes' takes away 15%

The majority of microtransaction items in the game provide some type of advantage that goes beyond “convenience”. Everything from improving offenses to be stronger than other players, or increased defences can be purchased. Boosts, resources, quick completion upgrades and protection from various actions are also available. There are a handful of decoration/cosmetic items available for purchase as well.
Is the user interface customization restricted to paid options?

'No'

The game doesn’t provide any options to customize the UI.
Does the game give access to all available classes and/or races?

'Yes'

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

'No'

Free accounts can trade freely.
Are personal inventory and/or bank slots limited at all?

'No'

Players can upgrade their storage and inventory without paying cash.
Are all dungeons and zones accessible without purchases?

'Yes'

The map and all zones are fully accessible.
Does the game restrict high endgame content (PVE, Raids or PvP)?

'No'

Free to play players who do not spend cash can still access all the same end game features as paying players.
Can the game be fully enjoyed without ever having to spend a ‘penny’?

'Yes' adds 10%

The game is extremely competitive and focuses on fighting against other players. On an individual level this is a much bigger deal and those with the deepest wallets can quite often dominate their rivals. However, intelligently using your resources, making the right attacks, and joining a powerful Coalition can help balance out the lack of necessity to spend cash. As a lone player then it can be much more challenging, and not as fun, particularly when a high level player finds you and just repeatedly farms your city for resources.
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