Auto Brawl Chess: Battle Royale

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Chess meets Battle Royale -- and it's as odd as it sounds.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game's tutorial doesn't really give a good idea of the game's mechanics, so there's a fair bit of learning on the fly necessary. 

Violence

The in-game graphics all depict battles and the opening cinematic has a vivid, cartoon battle. 

Sex
Language

One character in the intro video says "pissing."

Consumerism

The game promotes in-game purchases fairly aggressively.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Characters are in a bar drinking during the opening cinematic, but beer or other forms of alcohol are not specified as being in their mugs. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Auto Brawl Chess: Battle Royale is a role-playing game (RPG)/strategy game for Android devices that loosely uses the rules of Chess to create short five-minute battle royale matches. The game lets players compete against other humans or against AI opponents, offering a variety of characters and options. The game's introductory video is a bit more graphically violent than the gameplay, but still leans more toward a cartoon style. It also features apparent alcohol use and some language that could be borderline offensive for parents, but the gameplay itself isn't problematic. 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 AUTO BRAWL CHESS: BATTLE ROYALE, players join quick five-minute battles against other players or the game's AI, fighting for supremacy on a Chess-like board. Using rules adapted from Chess, players will automatically battle their rivals with a collection of heroes, which can be upgraded between fights -- or have their numbers increased -- using coins earned from winning skirmishes. (Once the pieces are set, the players can only watch what happens.) The strategy element comes in when determining which of over 100 factions and classes to recruit to your side (and how they'll fare against your opponents). Four players constantly battle in a series of skirmishes, with the winner of the most skirmishes winning the round. 

Is it any good?

The combination of Chess and the Battle Royale genre is unusual enough, even before role-playing and strategy are laid on top of them. But Auto Brawl Chess: Battle Royale manages to pull it off, though not as triumphantly as one might hope. The rules of the battle aren't clearly explained and players are sort of thrown in the deep end without a lot of information about the factions and classes at their fingertips. It takes a few matches to even begin to grasp the conditions of victory. There are some performance and stability issues, though, so that could also impact your enjoyment of the game. The developer has acknowledged these and says it is working hard to fix them. 

That will turn a lot of players away quickly. If you stick around and do start to get a sense of the strategy involved, though, there's a unique sort of Battle Royale game at work here. It's smarter than the run-and-gun style so many others use.And if the developers can squash the bugs and make the game more newcomer friendly, it could be a welcome addition to the genre. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy and how it can a key factor in the game. Are you choosing the right heroes and spending your coins in the smartest way possible?

  • What are other ways to resolve disagreements beyond violence? Why should people exhaust all options before resorting to violent means?

App details

  • Device: Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: August 17, 2020
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 59.00 MB
  • Publisher: Panoramik Games
  • Version: 1.1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 8.0 and up
  • Last updated: August 25, 2020

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