Parents' Guide to

AFK Arena

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Fun bite-size fantasy adventure almost plays itself.

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age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Game Chat is over Sexualized!

The game itself is well made & the graphics are amazing, but having to pay to play most of the time makes it very expensive. I also have a problem with the outfits & the way the character are portrayed. Because of this & the sexual nature in chat, I believe that children should not be playing this game. 10+ is way to young to be exposed to the filthy language & content in chat & the characters are way to sexualized by what they're wearing. 18+ should be the age range.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
age 18+

Too Much Sex in Chat

The game itself is fun; bright, with interesting character stories. It can be played for free. In-game purchases can range in the hundreds to thousands of dollars. You can bet in-game currency on who might win, similar to betting on wrestling. It's a mobile game, like all others. It's the chat channels which are a serious issue for kids. Seemingly unmoderated, there are currently 68 public chat channels (chat rooms), most of which, especially the busiest channel, request nude pics and explicit sexual role play. Chat dialogue includes, "How old are you?" and "Where do you live?" and "I want to get to know you better." Similar requests and sex role play are both in text and short audio clips. This has been true for 3+ years. Reddit has threads discussing the issue. Don't take my word for it—read the in-game chat channels for yourself. This is not for kids or even young teens.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
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This role-playing/strategy game hybrid gives players a fun and addictive fantasy experience, but never asks for more than a few minutes at a time. Don’t misunderstand, once you start playing AFK Arena, setting up your team of heroes and pushing back the forces of darkness, it can be difficult to put down. But one of the great things about it is that players continue to get rewards with experience, treasure, items, and more, even while the game is idle (hence the “AFK” part of the title). This means you can log in just once a day, grab your accumulated loot, distribute your goodies to your team as needed, and complete a couple of quick quests before going right back about your merry way.

When you do take an active part in AFK Arena, the gameplay is light and simple, at least on the surface. The game just about plays itself in battles, with your only input being to choose your party before the battle starts and tapping on heroes when their abilities are charged. There's a lot more depth and complexity, though, once you start getting into building up your heroes, equipping and leveling their gear, and “ascending” them to become more powerful. Other factors include things like faction bonuses and hero positioning, which can make a substantial difference on the battlefield. Unfortunately, while the tutorials cover the basic elements of gameplay, learning the more advanced stuff feels like you’re left on your own to learn through trial and error. Other parts of the game even feel a bit incomplete. Searching to add friends is an almost impossible task, and the shop sometimes requires you to leave and log back in before your purchases are credited. It’s more of a minor inconvenience than anything, but it still takes a little of the fun away from an otherwise entertaining and bite-size fantasy adventure.

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