A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Basic commands simple to grasp, but it's easy to lose track of things in heat of battle. Upgrading a ship is a bit complicated.
Violence & Scariness
Game is an ongoing series of battles, with lots of explosions, but largely cartoonish.
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No offensive language, but chat forums aren't moderated, can contain objectionable worlds.
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Products & Purchases
Contains ads, promotes in-app purchases. Offers a "VIP subscription" that gives players advantages in training, battle rewards.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While this aquatic squad based battle game has a lot of potential, its pacing keeps it from being a must play. When you're the company known for Angry Birds, expectation levels are pretty high. Battle Bay, from Rovio, doesn't come close to the heights set by that iconic game, but it certainly has lots of potential. The game does multiplayer right and keeps the focus on action rather than micromanaging your boats (though there's plenty of that for people who like it). The bite-sized combat also lets you get in and out without tiring of the game's concept quickly. And the impact of the ocean on battle, with waves rocking your ship and affecting your aim, is done very well. Best of all, the rewards after a battle are substantial enough that in-app purchases don't feel like a requirement. The game, though, isn't as fast-paced as you would expect. Ships move slow and turn slower. While you can upgrade the speed of boats, most people will focus on weapons. It's not enough to spoil your enjoyment of the game, but it will dampen things a bit.
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