A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Players who use the auto-play button can let the game play itself; player-versus-player can make things harder.
Violence & Scariness
Fantasy violence with weapons and magic is near-constant but non-graphic.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some shapely female characters wear revealing outfits. Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Infrequent use of words like "hell," "damn," and "bastard." Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Products & Purchases
Can play totally this game for free and there's lots of free rewards for players, but an in-app store full of vanity items offers constant temptation.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There are mentions of drunkenness in dialogue. Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) is well-made, but while battle against other players is fun, the single player game is incredibly stale and boring. AxE: Alliance Vs Empire is attractive, slick, and sets up the kind of conflict fantasy lovers have come to expect. Still, its gameplay is predictable and its visuals are a bit too familiar—so much so, you'd be hard-pressed to differentiate it from any other fantasy MMO. It's not that the app's bad; heroes are attractive, environments are as they should be, and effects are suitably sparkly. The interface is well-organized, and the app does a reasonably good job of setting up the drama and teaching you how to play. The thing is, it's boring. Crafting's easy since money and materials are plentiful, and combat isn't challenging, especially since you can hit an Auto-battle button and let the app do everything for you. In fact, so much time's spent hitting “Collect Reward” buttons, you're liable to feel like a lab rat with a bell and a treat dispenser.
With gameplay automated and rewards insanely common, the app's saving grace -- the only break you get from staring at the screen in a zombie-like trance—is versus play. Designated areas let players from opposite factions attack one another at random, where you'll finally encounter some challenge. An onscreen meter creates tension by letting you see where/how near your enemies are, and a Revenge list lets you track (and get back at) players who defeat you. The versus play gets even more dangerous if you jump into Arena or the various War modes, but without danger, what's an MMO? MMOs are on the decline these days, and with games like AxE: Alliance vs Empire, it's not hard to see why. The app's unoriginal concept, generic fantasy aesthetic, predictable gameplay, and Auto-play feature make for a bland role-playing experience, one the fantasy fans in your home won't mind missing out on.
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