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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game's mechanics are well-explained and easy to grasp. Succeeding is largely a matter of timing and equipment -- though winning later matches without buying upgrades is very difficult.
Violence & Scariness
Users are presented with a bloody Glu logo the first time they open the app. The game is a series of brutal battles featuring swords, maces, and more, though the app does not feature as much blood as you might expect. The screen does "splash" with blood when you are hit, however. Parents should note that two versions of the app are available for Android devices; the "unrated" Blood & Glory (NR) promises to be the "bloodiest, goriest swipe and slash fighting game" in the Android Market; this version is the equivalent of the iOS version. The regular Android version doesn't have blood.
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Products & Purchases
The game has ads recommending other Glu games that pop up in between every battle, and players are encouraged (particularly after they've been playing for a while) to purchase in-game currency with real-world cash, with prices ranging from $5 to $100.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blood & Glory is a realistic combat game that features nonstop violence and some gory images. The combat itself isn't overly bloody, but everything else about the game is, with blood soaked images of swords (and even the company logo) festooned everywhere. There are two versions of the app available for Android devices; the "unrated" version includes blood, while the regular version does not. Players who advance far in the game will eventually hit a point where not paying real-world cash for in-game currency (which can cost you up to $100 out of pocket) puts you at a severe disadvantage.
Is It Any Good?
The gladiator setting of BLOOD & GLORY (not to mention the app's title) should be fair warning to parents that this is not a game for little kids. But for adults and older teens who play, this is a fairly well done fighting game. It attempts to tread the path blazed by Infinity Blade, though discards any semblance of story, reducing it to a series of fights.
This would be fine, except the game continually ramps up the difficulty, but your skills don't advance at the same pace. This puts you in a position of essentially being forced to buy in-game credits to upgrade your skills or weapons (or suffer hours upon hours of defeats to slowly build the skills and earn the credits through gameplay). If you're willing to spend the money (or walk away when you reach that point) it's a fine choice. But if painting yourself into that corner is a frustration point, pick up a copy of Infinity Blade (or its recent sequel) instead.
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