This game is not my first rodeo on an F2P games, I’ve come and go to and from many others.
I admit, I usually give these kind of games $2-3 after about a week of playing, because if I can get through a week that means I like the game and I feel the need to reward the developer.
If the games are to my liking after a month, then I can drop $2-4 monthly, which I have done with this game. Are they trying to entice you to pay? Yeah of course! It is a business afterall.
But even after paying my expectations were to make teams of 3*, of course I got a couple of 4* and only one 5* after playing for 3 months now.
So, here’s my take on F2P games, just learn the game mechanics, learn what is the minimum you can get from gambling (yes buying chests in these kind of games are a form of gambling), and decide if you can get through with the minimum prize of the gamble.
I’ve played so much of these kinds of games to get the feel of which is fair and which is not. Empires and Puzzles is fair, they have their traps on packages that are definitely not worth the gems, but if you read the details on such packages (which the game provide) you’ll learn to avoid certain packages.
All in all, if you don’t feel this game is for you, you can always look others in the playstore as there are plenty of games to choose from.