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AxE: Alliance vs Empire

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Adventure offers dull solo play, challenging versus play.

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Ease of Play

Players who use the auto-play button can let the game play itself; player-versus-player can make things harder.

Violence

Fantasy violence with weapons and magic is near-constant but non-graphic. 

Sex

Some shapely female characters wear revealing outfits. Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.

Language

Infrequent use of words like "hell," "damn," and "bastard." Unmoderated chat could expose players to inappropriate comments.

Consumerism

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.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that AxE: Alliance vs Empire is a fantasy MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) for iOS and Android devices. The gameplay features non-graphic fantasy combat, mild infrequent swearing (“damn,” “hell,” “bastards”) and some female characters in revealing clothing. It also has occasional mentions of drinking and drunkenness, and ads for the in-app store. The app frequently pushes purchases, including in-app currency, special treasure chests, and access to events. Onscreen global chat often contains profanity, sexual references, and other inappropriate topics of conversation, as well as ads by third-party companies selling items and/or in-app currency. 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?

AxE: ALLIANCE VS EMPIRE is a fantasy-themed multiplayer role-playing game where players take sides in a centuries-old conflict between factions fighting to either contain or release a pair of warlike gods. Choosing among classes such as Warrior, Mage, and Archer, players strengthen their characters by adventuring, performing missions for non-player characters, and collecting powerful items. Players can also customize and power their characters up by crafting and upgrading weapons and armor along with choosing among a range of different abilities. Players receive Achievement rewards as well as daily rewards for logging into the app. New gameplay features unlock as players progress, including Challenges, PvP War, and Guild Battle. Players can also track Social gameplay including Faction and Ranking status, Friending, and adding players to a Revenge list. An toggleable auto-play button lets players manually control their characters completely, control only their characters' special skills, or give up control completely.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how media changes for different audiences. Why might the same game/movie/TV show be presented differently depending on the country it appears in? 

  • How do you feel about games that give players who spend lots of money an obvious advantage? 

  • What do fantasy book/movie/ shows have in common? What makes your favorite fantasy book/movie/TV show unique? 

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