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The game draws upon the complete history of the Avatar franchise, which has included a widely diverse cast of characters from different backgrounds, races, sexualities, etc. The game's Adventure mode retells many of the characters' stories, diving more into their personalities and relationships.
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Ease of Play
The basics of the turn-based battle system are relatively quick to pick up on, but there's a lot more complexity to the system under the surface. Character positioning, elemental advantages, and the like are more advanced and take much longer to learn. There's also a lot of micromanagement required when it comes to upgrading characters, abilities, support, and equipment.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is core to the gameplay, with teams of up to four characters fighting with a mix of martial arts and magical element-based abilities. While the violence is frequent, there's no blood and defeated characters simply collapse to the ground after getting knocked out.
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Products & Purchases
The game is based on Nickelodeon's popular Avatar franchise, pulling characters and stories from all over the series' history. Also, while free-to-play, players can spend money in the Shop for bundles of resources, characters, and other in-game items.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Avatar Generations is a free-to-play fantasy martial arts themed role-playing game available for Android and iOS mobile devices. The game is based on Nickelodeon's popular Avatar franchise, with includes the Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra television series, as well as other content set in that universe. Players follow the history of the various characters while fighting in teams of up to four characters in turn-based combat. While combat is central to the gameplay, there's never any onscreen blood or graphic depictions of violence. Parents should also be aware that, while the game is free-to-play, there are numerous optional purchases that can be made within the game, trading real world money for resources, characters, and other special offers.
Is It Any Good?
Since its debut back in 2005, this franchise has grown from a cult classic cartoon into a full-fledged phenomenon. Avatar Generations gives both longtime fans and newcomers to the series a chance to relive the odyssey of the Avatars' adventures from the beginning. The Adventure mode is set up as a sort of comprehensive history of the franchise, starting with Aang's debut in The Last Airbender. It does a great job of recreating key moments from the series in a game form. But it lacks a lot of the exposition and development that fills the spaces in-between. Sure, it hits all the main bullet points of the overall plot, but the abridged story beats make it feel more like the Cliff's Notes version of an Avatar highlight reel.
The mechanics of Avatar Generation's turn-based combat seem simple at first. Each character has a passive skill and a couple of different special moves that can be leveled up. There's a lot more nuance though, as players start to balance out elemental advantages, character positioning, etc. The tutorial does a good job of covering the basics, but players will have to experiment if they expect to get the hang of more advanced combat techniques. Diehard fans likely won't mind this as much, as it gives them a chance to play "What if?" by creating dream teams made up of iconic and obscure characters pulled from the every corner of the Avatar Universe. While many of these team-ups make absolutely no sense in terms of following the story, it's can be fun to see how certain characters' synergies play off of each other. For those less familiar with the franchise though, all the callbacks, cameos, and other lore will likely be lost on them as they busy themselves simply learning to micromanage their way through the overabundance of characters, items, equipment, and the like.
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