Blood & Glory

Common Sense Media says

Gladiator-themed combat game works best with in-app buys.

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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

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Some safety concerns, also. If users opt in to OpenFeint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

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. 

Parents say

Kids say

Is it any good?

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 8, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:111.00 MB
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Educator Written byPanzerMark January 25, 2012
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11
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Eh

I mean, just because of a little blood doesn't mean it's not appropriate.
Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc March 13, 2012
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14
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Ipod version does have an option to turn on blood.

The ipod and ipod versions of this game do have quite a bit of blood and gore, but there is an option to turn off blood. The blood flies every time you strike, and it pools around the fallen enemy when they are cut down. With two weapons, you can even decapitate your enemy. In other words, don't let little kids play this. Especially if there squeamish. The controls and graphics are very well polished however and it's very well made, should be ok for kids 14 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byCWG1 May 16, 2013
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Very fun, and okay for little ones with the blood off.

Blood and Glory is a fun fighting game for anyone who is into the gladiator themed stuff. It does have some very strong violence, but you can turn the blood off. There are however extra weapons that you can buy that can graphically sliced off heads, but you mainly have to purchase these mainly with real money. I think 10 and up can handle with the blood on, and 8 and up with the blood off. If the blood was off and this were rated as movies are rated it would be PG-13: Intense Gladiator Violence. If the blood was on and rated as movies are rated it would be R: Strong Gladiator Violence/ Gore.
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Too much violence

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