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What's it about?
DARKNESS RISES is a freemium fantasy role-playing game (RPG) where players choose from among four powerful player classes -- Warrior, Assassin, Berserker, and Wizard -- and take on the forces of darkness. Players can customize the look of their characters and complete story missions to gain experience, skills, and currency. Story sequences alternate with Adventure sequences, giving players the chance to unravel the mystery at the heart of the tale while pumping up their powers. A crafting system also lets players upgrade weapons and armor. In addition to the single-player Story and Adventure modes, players can engage in single or team versus battles, join up for co-op dungeons and raids, and take part in timed events to earn unique rewards.
Is it any good?
Aside from some seriously annoying ad pop-ups, this is a next-level mobile RPG that should appeal to many gamers. Combat in Darkness Rises comes wrapped in a surprisingly rich storyline, complete with full-motion cutscenes and voice acting, and it's tons of fun thanks to a smart control setup. And if you're into graphics, you won't be let down. Characters and environments are exceptional (though female character outfits are more suitable for exotic dancers than warriors), and special effects are eye-popping. If the story doesn't suck you in, the crafting and upgrading will. Role-players who live to tinker with their skills, look, and equipment have plenty to do and will get a kick out of all the customization options. Beyond that, there's versus play, co-op dungeons, and raids. The action in all of these modes is fast and furious, and heroes both look and feel powerful.
Although technically there's an energy system (called "adventure keys") in place, you never feel it because you never run out. Plus, when you need a break from all the fighting, crafting, and looting, you can hang out in the village, chat with other players, and maybe do a little fishing. The only thing marring this otherwise great game is the insane number of pesky in-app ads. They're the equivalent of digital horseflies; you're forced to constantly shoo them away. This could be a symptom of a too-generous energy system, but it definitely needs to be turned down. Still, Darkness Rises is an excellent game, and annoying ads are a small price to pay for hours of quality role-playing.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how female heroes are often sexualized. Do you see male heroes getting the same treatment in Darkness Rises? What about in other games?
Does frequently seeing ads in games like Darkness Rises encourage you to shop?
Is the impact of the violence in Darkness Rises intensified by the graphic blood shown from its combat? Could its impact be lessened by non-bloody imagery?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
- Release date: June 21, 2018
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 221.20 MB
- Publisher: NEXON Corp
- Version: 1.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2019
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