A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Moving the character is extremely difficult: Precision is simply impossible, and for a game where stealth is the primary goal, this is problematic. Control issues are amplified on smaller screens, and text and menu selections are impossibly tiny and illegible. Game does support controller accessories, which likely would improve the experience considerably.
Violence & Scariness
Goal of most missions is to stab someone in the throat. There are plenty of other very graphic forms of violence, all accompanied with lots of blood and slow-motion death animations. App store claims the game has "mild/infrequent" violence, but it's neither mild nor infrequent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few loading screens feature women with lots of cleavage, but other than that, there's not much overt sexual content.
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Products & Purchases
Frequent reminders that there are many in-game items, power-ups, and features available in the store, and leveling and progressions within the game are extremely tedious without those in-app purchases. Since it's not a title made specifically for kids, there's no parent gate on purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Unfortunately, this installment might be the weakest of the games in the franchise, owing mostly to the constraints of the mobile platform. Touch controls simply don't work for the fast-paced acrobatics and precision combat controls, and the game's complicated menus are tremendously difficult to navigate. The game does support peripheral controls for your device, which may improve the experience considerably. Still, much of the charm of the Assassin's Creed games is their rich historical backdrops and fanciful manipulations of real-world figures and places, all driven by fascinating, science-fiction-influenced stories, and very little of that is present in this version. Overall, the game feels like a grind for loot, and most players will likely tire of its tedious missions fairly quickly.
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