Kingdoms of Heckfire is being offered on Swagbucks for a 4,000 SB reward. The offer was in my Inbox but I also see it in the Search option. Offer terms are to reach Castle level 15, no time limit listed on the offer.
The game includes 3 Resource types: Gold, Food, and Ore. Gems are a Premium currency for Shop transactions and speeding through timers. There are ample resources available up through Castle level 10 from the starting missions and Daily events. The game also gives you lots of Gems, so you won’t necessarily need to go out and Gather resources from the nodes on the map.
The main issue I found with completing this offer is that they don’t give you a free Extra builder like in other games of the genre. You could buy one in the shop for $10, but that seems expensive to me. You can research “Free Speedup” timer increases and “Help” timer benefits from Clan mates to speed up the constructions. I think I was getting 2.1 mins off per help received and my Embassy allowed 14 hits, so I was getting close to an half hour off. Most of the low level buildings and research only needed 20 minutes so that was fine.
The game utilizes 3 Biomes (Grasslands, Badlands, and Swamp) that include a specific monster and generic resource Nodes. You will have multiple Dragons that each specialize in a different form of combat and specific Biomes. In order to Gather resources from Nodes higher than level 1 you will need to do Research. The same applies to attacking Goblins, Skeletons, Treants, and Titans. The game includes an Ally Hiring system that can be used to buff your combat abilities in certain Biomes. You can earn Gold by hiring an ally and then reselling them at a small profit. This is all done automatically, so it is hands free for the most part, you just need to do the initial hiring. A downside to this though is that when an ally is hired away you lose the bonus you were getting. Ideally you hire an active player who powers up to the point where no one can afford to buy them off of you. You will then get the full stat boost without fear of loss. You can always Drop an ally to get back a fraction of your payment price if you really need the Gold.
The Castle construction time started to get fairly long at level 13. The time to upgrade extended to over 1 day, the prerequisite buildings also took 9+ hours and I had to do them 1 at a time without a 2nd builder slot. The Starter Shield on the town lasts for a week and stays up even after upgrading past level 10, unlike other games like this.
I played the game during a Halloween event and so got many freebies and themed gifts. Perhaps they will have an event going on when you play. I didn’t see any where to enter Codes in the settings and there didn’t seem to be any giveaways on their Facebook (Meta) page. There were some frequent bugs and I did get consolation mails in game with free Gems more than once.