My alternate title was Ivory and Evony – but I figured that wasn’t as search engine friendly as the title I have now.
While on Facebook at work creeping through friends’ photo albums, playing Bejeweled Blitz, or just surfing the net looking for free porn, you may have come across ads for a game called Evony. Most likely, you’ve seen one of these ads:
Can such a ridiculous ad campaign work?
If you’re like me, you probably laughed and thought, dear god, who would buy into this crap? Believe it or not, a lot of people have bought into it. Not just men either, plenty of women play too. Many of the players are young, but the majority I’ve played with are between 20 and 50 years old. Yes, I play. I’ll get to that later.
The ads get you to try the game with the promise of boobs, an offer most men will not refuse, but the fact is there are absolutely no boobs in the game. None. While those who try the game looking for boobs might be disappointed at first, the game is actually pretty good. I kid you not. Simply put, you build cities (like in Sim City) and train troops and attack other cities that belong to people from all over the planet. The game is that widespread. Evony is ongoing, 24 hours a day. You don’t need to be playing it 24 hours a day, but at any time, thousands of people are playing and your city continues to produce resources and be susceptible to enemy attacks.
Come Play My Lord or Come Pay My Lord?
Evony is free, but offers you an opportunity to buy game coins with real money in order to get an edge on the rest of the pack. Truth is, if you want to advance to the point of building more than one city, you might need to spend a few dollars. This game is raking in the cash, so you expect to see these ads whether you like it or not.
I was not drawn to it by the promise of boobs, but by positive reviews. As most guys know there are easier ways to find boobs on the internet. Heck, disabling safe search on Google images is enough to keep the average thirteen year old busy for hours.
I haven’t tried every free web game so I can’t tell you if it’s the best, but I can tell you it is better than Mafia Wars.
While Evony ads are some of the most ridiculous ads I’ve seen, whether you’re a man or woman, tell me this doesn’t get your attention? In case you haven’t heard – sex sells.