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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Battle Breakers is a free-to-play turn-based strategy/role-playing game, available for download on iOS and Samsung Android-based mobile devices, as well as Windows-based PCs. Players recruit and collect a variety of fighters from hundreds of different heroes, each with their own unique skills, abilities, and elemental alignments. Players build teams to fight in turn-based combat against enemy soldiers and magical creatures. While the action's constant, the violence is portrayed through flashy visual effects, with no blood or gore shown onscreen. The content and presentation is designed with a comic book or cartoon flair, with some characters shown in an overly cute or sexualized manner. Parents should be aware that the game, while free to play, does heavily encourage players to spend money to make significant progress.
What's it about?
BATTLE BREAKERS is a sci-fi fantasy game that takes place in a world where magic and technology combine. Your planet was once a peaceful realm until the day the monsters from space came crashing down, attacking in force and shattering the ground itself in their wake. These creatures force the people into submission, using a strange technomagic crystal substance to trap the world's champions in a sort of suspended animation. Now, as one of the last remaining heroes still roaming free, it falls to you to free the others and band together to rip the invaders from beneath the ground, sending them back to where they came from.
Is it any good?
Remember getting together as kids and playing a game together, but everyone just sort of made the rules up as you went along? That's probably the best way to describe trying to play the free-to-play strategic RPG (role-playing game) Battle Breakers. The basics seem simple enough, with players collecting heroes that have different roles and elemental alignments, with some being stronger or weaker against others. You then put together a small team to take into a few rounds of battle, earn a few goodies, and do the cycle all over again. Sounds good on paper, right? The problems start to arise when everything is put into action.
Battle Breakers is a lot more complicated than it really needs to be. You try to find the exit to each battle by breaking crystals in a hex-based map. This opens up more crystals that might be empty, uncover the exit, reveal a treasure, or launch an enemy attack. Also, each time you break a crystal, the battleground's primary color changes to match an element, giving those attacks an advantage. Enemies might attack all at once and maybe you can try to block, but then again maybe not. It's a convoluted mess, which it seems even the developers realized because the game almost plays itself, even without using the "Auto Play" option. It feels like the game says "You're doing it all wrong" before snatching it out of your hands and taking over. It's a shame too, because the game looks great and you can even see the kernel of real potential in it. Unfortunately, it just throws everything on the wall to see what sticks … and nothing quite does.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about "free-to-play" games and monetization. What are some of the ways that free-to-play games use players to generate money? What are some of the pitfalls to watch out for with things like in-game purchases, subscriptions, or ad-based promotions?
How important is it to be an active part of a gaming experience? Do kids prefer games that can keep them involved and focused, or do they prefer games that require less attention?
- Devices: iPhone, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 14, 2019
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires, Robots, Space and Aliens
- Size: 273.90 MB
- Publisher: Epic Games
- Version: 1.80.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or higher; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: July 8, 2020
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