Blackmoor 2

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Energetic fantasy action tale limited only by poor controls.

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Ease of Play

Clumsy controls make combat more difficult than it should be.

Violence

Lots of bloodless fantasy violence with fists, swords, hammers, and axes.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Free play can be extended by watching ads; frequent prompts to purchase lives and/or a premium upgrade pop up between rounds.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Blackmoor 2 is a free-to-play fantasy action role-playing game (RPG) with a focus on combat. Battle is the main focus of the game, as players use fists, swords, axes, and more against enemies, but no blood or gore is shown. Extended free play of the app is possible, but only if players watch ad after ad. The app pushes purchases in the form of "lives" and offers a premium upgrade that gives players currency and unlocks five playable characters. The app's multiplayer mode links to the voice and text chat service Discord. 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?

BLACKMOOR 2 is a freemium fantasy action role-playing game (RPG) that serves as a sequel to 2014's Blackmoor: Duberry's Quest. In it, players choose from a collection of classic fantasy characters (mage, fighter, rogue) and embark on a quest to find a legendary hero and save the world from a cursed artifact. Players start with access to two playable heroes and can unlock others with currency earned by questing or purchased in the in-app store. Gameplay is broken into levels that are a mix of fantasy combat and platforming, and at the end of each completed level, players are granted experience and gold. Gold is used to purchase upgrades to armor, weapons, and attributes (health, speed, luck, etc.), and additional skills unlock as players advance. Along with single-player Story mode, the app features two- to four-player multiplayer co-op, Dungeon mode, and online versus matches.

Is it any good?

Dungeon crawler and platforming fans are bound to enjoy this app's colorful characters, fun backgrounds, catchy soundtrack, and wry sense of humor, but they'll hate its touchscreen controls. Few apps have done virtual thumbsticks well, and, sadly, Blackmoor 2 isn't one of them. Action games are a shoe-in for high-tension levels, and stress makes your fingers slide all over the screen and, inevitably, off the controls. Precision is more or less impossible here, and that's bad when your characters have a range of cool Street Fighter-like attacks that require it. Platforming too requires accuracy and split-second timing, neither of which come easy with touchscreen controls. The result: artificially elevated difficulty and lots of built-in frustration. Still, there's much fun to be had here if your fingers can take the strain.

As mentioned, bosses are a hoot, and when special attacks work, they're satisfyingly powerful. Enemies are interesting and varied enough to make swapping out characters and gear worthwhile, and rewards are plentiful. For the most chaotic fun, though, you have to play online co-op mode. In this mode, you can drop in and out of ongoing games, taking on challenging levels and bosses and working with one to three other players to defeat them. If a competitive challenge is more what you're after, player vs. player (PvP) mode lets you travel around a map facing a gauntlet of AI opponents -- or, if you're brave enough, actual online players. For more low-key play, single-player Dungeon mode emphasizes platforming and puzzle-solving. With all this to choose from, Blackmoor 2 has a lot to enjoy. And though its app store rating is 12+, its bloodless, comic combat means you can feel good about letting even younger kids go dungeon-crawling.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Do the apps that you use constantly barrage you with ads? Do all of these ads make you want to buy the items they're selling?

  • Do your kids know how to bounce back when they fail or are beaten at something? Is this something that you can learn from a game? Could you apply it to real life? Or do you have to learn it first in real life before losing a match?

  • Discuss playing real-life multiplayer games. Have your kids tried playing tabletop RPGs in person with real-world friends?

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