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American Dad: Apocalypse Soon

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Adult toon's strategy game fun for fan audience.

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Ease of Play

While the game uses simple touch controls, there's a depth and complexity, and lack of explanation, that may confound people unfamiliar with this kind of game.

Violence

Players use guns and melee weapons to kill other people and aliens, but there's no blood or gore.

Sex

The game features the same kind of sexual innuendo humor as the show.

Language

The game has the same kind of crude humor as the show.

Consumerism

Players use in-game currency to build new rooms, upgrade those rooms, purchase supplies and playable characters, and to speed up various processes. This currency can be earned by playing, bought with real money from the in-game store, or earned for watching ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are shown drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that American Dad: Apocalypse Soon is a strategy and fortress building game for iOS and Android devices. Like the show it's based on, it has crude and sexual humor, and characters shown drinking. It also has players using guns and melee weapons to kill people and aliens. But unlike the show, there's no blood or gore during the fight scenes. There are ads like a TV show, though, which give players in-game currency. This currency can also be bought, or earned by playing, and is used to buy new rooms for your fortress, upgrade those rooms, engage in battles, purchase weapons, and so on. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In AMERICAN DAD: APOCALYPSE SOON, aliens have taken over Langley Falls, and it's up to you -- and all the clones Roger's been keeping in the basement -- to save the Earth. But to do this, you'll need to fix up their house, and for that you'll need money. This, of course, requires you build rooms in the bunker where Roger can print money and make other items, including more clones. You then use this money -- and slices of pie -- to outfit and arm Roger's clones and send them out to beat up both the alien invaders and the human collaborators.

Is it any good?

Like the show that inspired it, this mobile game is fun, but only for people old enough to pay for cable themselves. In American Dad: Apocalypse Soon, aliens have taken over Langley Falls and it's up to Stan and Roger -- and all of Roger's clones -- to save the day. This not only requires you to arm and train these doppelgangers, but also build and maintain the bunker Roger's built under the house, where you can construct and upgrade such facilities as a training room, a cloning lab, a counterfeit printing press, and others.

Obviously, this is not a game for kids. And not just because kids will hate that this game is mostly about micromanagement. In fact, when you finally do get into fights, it's a passive situation where you don't control your clones in real time. Like the show that inspired it, this has all the crude and sexual humor of the show... which is also a problem because not every fan of the show will enjoy the strategic base planning or tame combat either. It also doesn't help that the game doesn't explain itself well, leaving this really just for fans of the show who are already familiar with this kind of game. But if that's you, well, have at it; especially since this has a depth and complexity you wouldn't expect from something connected to this cartoon. Which makes American Dad: Apocalypse Soon great for fans of strategic building games who also love this 'toon.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the impact of the violence in American Dad: Apocalypse Soon affected by the fact that you kill aliens and people with guns and other weapons, but there's no blood or gore? Would the impact be intensified if there was more realistic violence?

  • Like the show on which this game is based, this has a lot of rude jokes, but do they make American Dad: Apocalypse Soon more fun, or could the game do without it? Do you think, because it's based on a cartoon, that it should be like the cartoon, crude and all?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions and ads
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 4, 2019
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Size: 340.10 MB
  • Publisher: MyCom
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: November 13, 2019

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