Blades of Brim
By Erin Brereton,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Fun moves, fast pace make this endless-runner game exciting.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
A brief tutorial highlights the basic rules and game controls. New elements are explained periodically.
Violence & Scariness
Weapons are used frequently -- but against mythical creatures, not humans, and no gore's shown.
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Products & Purchases
Players can, but don't necessarily have to purchase packages of Essence and other items that range from $1.99 to $99.99.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blades of Brim is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. Players use and earn weapons which they use against inanimate objects and mythical creatures called Goons. Some of these weapons are swords -- or similarly handheld weapons, such as a spiked ball on a stick. The game's easy to figure out, thanks to clear instructions and relatively simple gameplay. It's also free. Some items that can help accelerate gameplay are available for purchase in an online store when players click on their Essence and coin total, but they can also progress at a good pace without buying anything.
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What’s It About?
Players dodge, leap, and strike invading Goon army members in BLADES OF BRIM. The courses they run through include challenging elements such as narrow vine bridges, cliffs they need to jump across, and walls and other obstacles that can end a round when hit. Players try to smash giant vases, steer through floating coins, and are given various goals, or missions, such as scoring 500 points in a single run. Essence, which can be used to extend rounds, are awarded for meeting them. Gamers will also unlock new characters, pets, and weapons as they advance.
Is It Any Good?
High-speed action and nifty tricks like running on a vertical wall make this game a frenzied, fun experience. Players need to think quickly on their feet to react to the ever-changing obstacles Blades of Brim places in their path, such as Goons, which are round creatures you can knock down by moving right or left toward them or ducking down in front of them. Gamers also need to try to pick up helpful items along the way, such as coins, without ramming into objects like a wall, which will end the round immediately. Things can also end prematurely if they run out of the three available lives indicated by hearts at the top of the screen.
While most game aspects are thoroughly explained, the elements that chip away at your life is one aspect that's unclear. The app also doesn't spend much time providing a backstory -- players are dropped right into the action to test out the controls. Playing requires some thought and focus, but the moves, which involve things like shifting right or left, are simple enough that anyone should be able to progress at a reasonable level. If they die in a round, they can use Essence, which are earned by playing, or watch an ad to extend the round. Players don't have to repeat rounds multiple times, which helps keeps the game interesting. There really aren't many features that cause frustrating delays or could detract from the general excitement of the game. Overall, the app offers an impressively consistent amount of fun -- with an equally impressive lack of ads. Some in-app currency items are available for purchase, but they're not a required part of the gameplay -- players will actually see more prompts to invite friends to play through Facebook than references to buy things. Thanks in part to festive elements like wall jumping, Blades of Brim is a sharp take on the running game genre that anyone should enjoy playing -- generally without any content, aside from some weapon use, that might potentially concern parents.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how much screen time kids should spend playing primarily just-for-fun games like Blades of Brim. Is it OK to spend more time using a learning-based app? How much is too much time to spend on each kind?
Players can make some impressive moves in Blades of Brim, such as running on a wall, but which ones could be risky to try in real life -- and why? Would you still try them?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 26, 2021
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Adventures
- Publisher: Sybo
- Version: 2.11.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 4.4 and up.
- Last updated: May 4, 2021
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