The Battle Of Polytopia Review (Nintendo Switch OLED)

For this The Battle Of Polytopia Review we take on this award-winning turn-based strategy game about building a civilization and going into battle. You play as one of many tribes, explore the world, build cities, develop technologies and wage war against other tribes in order to take control over the mythical land of Polytopia.

The Battle Of Polytopia Review Pros:

  • Nice Chunky voxel like graphics.
  • 233MB download size.
  • Full touchscreen control.
  • Text size option.
  • Strategy gameplay.
  • Three game modes – Perfection (30-turn game), domination (play with no limits until you remain), and creative mode (set up a custom game world).
  • 12 tribes and 4 Special tribes to unlock.
  • Each tribe has a unique environment and starting ability that you can see before picking.
  • Up to 15 opponents can be put in a game and the number will determine the size of the map and difficulty bonuses.
  • 4 difficulties – Easy, normal, hard, and crazy.
  • Fast loading times.
  • Clean easy-to-read user interface.
  • Turn-based combat and movement.
  • The map uncovers as you play.
  • Train new warriors in your kingdom.
  • Take over other kingdoms by taking the main building and holding it for one full turn.
  • Bring up game stats and your position at any time outside of the overall stats page.
  • Perfection mode-each tribe displays your best performance rank which is based on 1 to 3 stars.
  • The world layout randomizes every game.
  • Charming and full of character.
  • You can hunt, mine, farm, and fight other tribes and the environment itself.
  • Do actions like fishing, harvesting, or building monuments to put points into the town, once you fill the bar you get to choose 1 of 2 random rewards each time.
  • Optional tasks will pop up with unique one-time-use rewards.
  • Can build roads to set up trade routes.
  • Points are awarded for everything from building to fighting to uncovering the map.
  • Other tribe leaders may be in awe of you and offer tech tree entries for friendship.
  • Villages-take this over to add them to your kingdom.
  • Every kingdom (main building) has a population limit on how many warriors you can have but harvesting and building can increase the number.
  • Play how you want.
  • Endless replay value.
  • Excellent brain food.
  • Such a good game to waste time and be productive.
  • Each tribe is truly unique and it’s so good bumping into them in the world or playing as them for the first time.
  • End of a run breakdown showing score and rank.
  • Find ruins for bonus rewards.
  • Town-you can build/hunt/Farm but also build city walls, and expand your kingdom.
  • Very addictive.
  • Full camera control.
  • Stars-this is the currency used to buy new tech in your tech tree but is also what you spend on doing actions like hunting/building.
  • You get stars at the end of every round for things you own in the kingdom or kingdoms.
  • A handy end turn button.
  • Excellent game to play on the go.

The Battle Of Polytopia Review Cons:

  • No, undo button.
  • All games regardless of trade/friendship land up in combat and you nuke everyone.
  • Tutorials are not the best.
  • Cannot rebind controls.
  • Doesn’t have any online.
  • No leaderboards.

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The Battle Of Polytopia:

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Developer: Midjiwan

Publisher: Midjiwan

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  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Sound - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Accessibility - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Length - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10


It’s been a while but I reviewed the early game, The Battle Of Polytopia Moonrise that was a good game that just destroyed my productivity! Within half hour I realized that its the same game but with a lot of new tribes chucked in so what I said previously still stands. You figure out quite quickly what everything does and as the tutorial, if you can call it that is very bare-bones and not that helpful, it’s lucky that the game is pretty straightforward and laid out in a way that it’s easy to grasp. You could accuse the game of being a bit mindless but mindless can still be fun, I love how every tribe is different both in appearance and how you play them. Exploring each new world is an experience in itself, setting up a kingdom and planning attacks whilst running the kingdom really is satisfying. I found myself wanting to do more, have more options, or have random events happening and I definitely wanted an undo button! Take the game for what it is now and you will have a really enjoyable time with it, it’s world domination but not as we know it! Having it on the Nintendo Switch and OLED in particular, the game has never looked or played better.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!