Guide to Playing Risk World Domination Online
What is this section about?

The purpose of this section is to provide independent reviews on computer and online Risk games. As always, each computer game has its pros and cons. Each game tries to accomodate certain needs and as a result it is slightly biased on certain features.

You as a player, may find one incredibly enjoyable, while you may not care about a feature provided by another game. Over the years, online Risk games have evolved dramatically. In addition, each online game has tried to be slightly different from the original classic Risk (perhaps for legal reasons). This has led to a wide range of variations and styles that is difficult to comprehend before getting engaged in the game itself.

As Risk fans, we are grateful that developers are continuing their efforts on enhancing these games, so that we can have yet another game and enjoy the trill of winning.

The purpose:
Hence, this section serves two purposes:
  1. Discovery of new online Risk games as they are introduced into the market.
  2. Evaluation of these games based on their functionality, popularity, style of play, originality and so on.
A number of links and reviews are provided below for the current popular games. These reviews are independent of the software publishers.

What you can do?
You, as a Risk fan, are invited to comment and review the online Risk games listed here. In particular those who are frequent users of these games are welcome to provide their insight.

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In addition you can also submit new links on Risk games and your reviews. Upon approval, the review will be added to the site for the community's consideration.

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Facebook ATTACK!

Unofficial Games, Browser Based

Article Rating:::: 42 Ratings :::: Thursday, November 29, 2007
 

Website:  Facebook ATTACK!

Platform/Requirements: Browser
 
Review: 

The latest addition to the online Risk game is Attack! application in Facebook. The recent growth of Facebook and the easy ability of adding the application to someone’s profile mean that this game can become popular fairly quickly using viral distribution. However, it is mainly used by those who aren’t already into online Risk and come across the game in a friend’s profile.

The game is based on flash. Once you enter the game, you see a lobby like the screenshot below. It shows a number of games to play. There are many ongoing games, though they all seem have the same settings. Because the Risk game is in Facebook, you can easily invite your friends over so you can beat them in the game!

Total Diplomacy: Facebook ATTACK! Risk game lobby

Unfortunately, you don’t get variations on rules or maps as you do in other online Risk games such as Conquer Club and Grand Strategy. You can click on “Find me a game” and get to enter a Risk game quickly.

The Risk game is played in real time with time limitation for different parts of your move. This is in contrast with online Risk games where you can have 24 hours to make your move. There aren’t many options to control the time you have or create games based on custom settings, so you just have to be fast enough. The game map looks nice, everything is concise and relatively easy to follow.

Total Diplomacy: Facebook ATTACK! Risk strategy game screenshot

A novel feature is that at the beginning of the game you get to vote to either place your armies randomly or you choose yourself. Based on the players’ votes you carry on populating the map with armies.

Like every other software, there are features that you expect to be there which are missing. In addition, the user interface needs a bit of getting used and is sometimes very limiting. The help for the game is very poor, so you are on your own to find out how to use it. There are also some restrictions. For example, if you attack a territory and conquer it, you only get an option to leave a minimum of 3 armies in the conquered territory. Of course, in classic Risk you have the option to leave a minimum of one. The map configuration is also different from the classic map. For some reason, Scandinavia is not connected to Great Britain. Again, the classic Risk map has this connection and those who are used to it are in for a surprise.

The game generally flows well, but since it is real time it can be susceptible to server errors and delays. A server delay may lead to losing a chance to make an attack or reinforcement. There is also no fortification move in the game at all.

However, these are small features that may not have a huge impact on your game. The biggest problem with this game is that if a player leaves the game before the game is finished, a new player can take his or her sit. This new player doesn’t know anything about the history of the game and usually picks up any player he likes and starts attacking. Not to mention that your carefully crafted alliances are no longer valid and will not be honored by the new player. This is the number one issue with the game play, so if a player drops out in your game, you may feel extremely vulnerable and lose the incentive to carry on with the game.

All in all, the concept of having a Risk module in your Facebook profile is attractive, and as predicted the application is popular. If the developers solve the various issues and add custom features, it can start competing with other online Risk games out there. However, as it currently stands, it is only good for a few isolated games and not suitable for those who want to play Risk day after day.



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Datalore   By Datalore @ Saturday, December 29, 2007 2:16 PM
This is quite a good representation of Risk, but with drawbacks. The limit of only being able to send 4 chat messages until someone else says something is very restricting in terms of diplomacy if people in your game are not very talkative. Also, the only option that is voted on for game type is whether places are chosen or not. The main good side is that it is real-time, but it only allows you 15 seconds of thought between every place/attack/move. On the contrary of the above description, a fortification move is now allowed.

Incognito   By Incognito @ Tuesday, May 6, 2008 8:02 PM
I've found the facebook attack game to be very additive. I play it all the time now.
Although it's stated the games are real time, it is possible to set games that go by the 24 hour or even longer turn times. This is available in the "friend games" section.


Treyxe   By Treyxe @ Monday, January 5, 2009 12:57 PM
I just recently stopped getting on Facebook because I had run out of things to do. There has been an uptake in my Facebook activities because I have been playing ATTACK! for hours on end.

David   By David @ Friday, January 23, 2009 3:18 AM
it also has a realy annoying feature where you get extra armies if you invite friends to join.... so you can spam invites and win, to an extent...

Jaymalteser   By Jaymalteser @ Thursday, September 10, 2009 2:33 PM
hi all
I used to play on the finalconquest website, it was very basic but did the job, you could play a very quick game of risk, unfortunately the site went down.
I thought the "attack " game on facebook would satisfy my hunger but it has an annoying feature of cards increasing in value which makes a mockery on the game play-does anyone know if this can be set to flat rate?
If not is there any other basic sites that do the job?
Ive tried others and they are cumbersome and slow!

fatih   By fatih @ Monday, May 31, 2010 5:10 PM
thnx.

eyewil   By eyewil @ Tuesday, June 15, 2010 5:56 AM
Ive found Conquer club and Generals gambit the best so far. GG being my favourite but in need of more players.
Now about to give Grand strategy and try.
FB attack gets boring after a very short time!

-=[NL]=-Pepijn   By -=[NL]=-Pepijn @ Thursday, October 20, 2011 10:16 AM
wtf

BubbaLovesTV   By BubbaLovesTV @ Wednesday, August 6, 2014 8:06 AM
I tried Conquer club and pogo (awful!) and a couple others. I like majorcommand.com the best, it has the best graphics. Most real looking. Only problem is that it is small and the site sometime freezes, but the gameplay is the best IMO. Totally addicting.


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