- Estimated achievement difficulty: 4/10
- Offline: 0
- Online: 20 
- Approximate amount of time to 200: 30-60 hours
- Minimum number of playthroughs needed: N/A
- Missable achievements: None
- Does difficulty affect achievements: No difficulty.
- Unobtainable/glitched achievements: None
- Extra equipment needed: Windows 8 device. Real world money spent on gems would speed things up.
Welcome to Age of Sparta for the Windows 8--a Gameloft creation that takes us down history road with the Greeks, ancient battles, mythology, and the thrill of building and breaking. Although on the surface the game may seem quite linear and basic, there is a ton of content that becomes unlocked as you level up. The vast majority of the achievements involve simply leveling yourself up, building or doing what the achievement description states, and then moving onto the next achievement. For a city builder, the list if very basic with only a few achievements presenting a bit of challenge/skill as a requirement.
We will tackle the game in essentially two distinct parts: Gold Rush/City Build and Reap the Players.
Pre-Gaming and City Building:
Utilizing the quests to help guide you along your path to a good, sustainable city is critical. With that being said, there is a strategy that can be used to get you the best bang for your buck early on and will really help you grow quickly. Below is the picture of my gold rush setup, and a brief description on how to use it.
Before you are able to start pulling in large sums of coin, you will need about nine unlocked land slots so you can create a good square area that will be the base for the coin farming. So the first thing you will notice is that the central point is the Acropolis. You will be given one for free, and what it does is collect all gold without having to click on each building. Now as far as setting up, you can buy all of the wheat farms early on without must cost to you, but the boosters will eventually eat at your purse. Notice I utilize ornate road, water fountains, centear statues, big parks, vases, small gazebos, hearths, and lots of arches. You may want to play with different set ups, different combinations of boosters depending on if you buy gems or use gem-bought boosters. On average you should be bringing in around 16,000+ coins per minute with the above setup which would mean you would be coming in just shy of 1,000,000 coins per hour--an amazing amount of coin for early on in the game.
Reap the Players (PvP Wins / Bounty):
This is where you will undoubtedly spend the majority of your time--grinding away and working toward 1,000 enemies attacked and 500 bounties collected. What I will do is provide some basic tips and tricks that can be used to help make the fighting easier and more successful.
Boons are very effective:
The key for boons is that you use them to aid you in battles that are either very easy or easy in difficulty classification. There is no need to hunt people who are hard or very hard as the battles and rewards are not worth it. Another huge tip for PvP is upgrading your deity as soon and as often as you can. I personally use Hades as my deity of choice as his triple attack is more powerful than Zeus' boosting allies attack strength. The max you can upgrade for both of the terrains is level 15 so keep that in mind when working your deity up.
Like the guide says for attacking 1,000 players, you can easily put one unit in and retreat out to have it count for an attack. Unlike the 500 bounties collected, you simply need to attack 1,000 players--not win. Hunting bounties will take you upwards of 10-15 hours depending on how many very easy/easy targets exist. Attacking the remaining players necessary for the 1,000 players attacked total can be easily be rushed by putting one unit in and then retreating.
At this point you should be completely finished with the game having ran through 1,000 opponents. If you have any lingering miscellaneous achievements like defensive structures ("Fortified") or revenge attacks ("Vengeful"), now is the time to clean them up and get the completion.
Well there we have it ladies and gents, another Gameloft game, although this time things are not so bad. Age of Sparta is a fun city-builder game that has a lot of interesting and compelling components making it quite enjoyable all the way through. The combat may get repetitive as you work toward completion, but new monsters, varied fight styles, and little tips and tricks make it bearable. With a bit of perseverance and some mastery of boon-usage and combat triangle perfection Age of Sparta is a fun game with a surprisingly-good achievement list and a darn good completion. We'll see you folks next time!
[XBA would like to thank THE DEADLY DOG for this Roadmap]