Build your very own ancient Egyptian city from the ground up
Follow the orders of your alien overlords and do their bidding
Complete quests to advance the construction of your pyramid
Based on the popular TV show on History.com, Ancient Aliens: The Game is an idle-like city-building simulation that's set in Ancient Egypt. In this game, you are placed in the difficult spot of having to serve your alien masters while ensuring that your fellow humans have absolutely no idea what's really going on.
Building your city and the pyramid are basically the core of the gameplay in Ancient Aliens: The Game. The purpose of building the city is to increase the population of your civilization just so you can gather more resources while the pyramid works much like a milestone indicator and lets you know how much you are progressing.
Unlike other building-oriented games you might have played before, this game doesn’t restrict how many buildings you can construct at any given time. Instead, it imposes a maximum number of buildings you can have per level.
There are several different types of buildings you can place in this game as well. Houses, for example, generates DNA which you’ll need to carry out research and subsequently advance your civilization, as well as to evolve your people into stronger beings like into minotaurs. Farms, on the other hand, provide your human subjects with enough food to keep them going, while gold and stone can be obtained from mines and quarries respectively.
As opposed to many other idle-like games, Ancient Aliens: The Game has an end-game of sorts – that is when the pyramid is completed. Due to this, the game has to restrict your gameplay somehow and that form of restriction comes in the form of “plausible deniability”, or PD for short. PD works like the standard energy system and is required for most actions in the game. For instance, you’ll need PD to perform a probe on your human subjects to gather their DNA.
I’ve also noticed that PDs don’t run out that easily, but if you do need more of them, you can get some free PDs from time to time simply by collecting randomly spawned Artifacts or from the temples you’ve built. By the way, you can visit your friends’ cities to collect Artifacts too. Of course, if you’re loaded, you can always spend real money to buy Iridium (premium currency) to then buy more PDs, or you could watch some video ads.
Have extra PDs to spare instead? Well, you can speed up, albeit very slightly, the construction of your pyramid by dumping your PDs there.
The game is pretty social due to the fact that you can add friends in the game and then visit their cities. As mentioned, you’ll be rewarded with PDs if you do so and as far as I know, there isn’t a cap on the number of PDs you can gain by visiting friends and collecting Artifacts.
The graphics and animations here look amazing for a mobile game. I particularly enjoy watching my pyramid workers doing their thing. In terms of sound, it works well for the game and the theme.
Ancient Aliens: The Game is a decent idle-like simulation game that unfortunately fails in one tiny aspect – it has quite a slow pace. The game is still great if you plan on playing it every few hours or so, but don’t expect to get a lot of stuff done in a single sitting, not because you ran out of PDs but you simply don’t have sufficient resources (gold or DNA) to do anything else.