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Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Generic adventure heavily pushes in-game purchases.

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This generic game is another entrant in the seemingly endless parade of mediocre anime-style fantasy role-playing games. It can be tough to differentiate Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor from other games in the genre due to its stylistic quirks, but this one gives new meaning to the term "cookie cutter."

It's sad to say that, in a way. So much work goes into making these games -- even the mediocre ones -- that you have to give the makers credit for pulling them off at all. Still, competition is fierce, and you'd think they'd do more to help their games stand out. There are only two things that make Dawn Break: The Flaming Emperor stand out, and neither of them are good. First, there's the dialogue. Dialogue occurs in Japanese with English subtitles, and poor translation and frequent typos make character exchanges range from the inadvertently amusing to the totally bizarre. Far worse than the language issues though, is the relentless pressure to buy something. Ads pop up the second you fire up the game, and the main menu is packed with purchase-centric submenus. You're constantly prompted to collect things and sign up for monthly subscriptions. If you can ignore these things, the app has all the elements anime RPG fans have come to expect: the sexy heroines, the androgynous boys, the corny humor, the over-the-top special attacks -- but it's just not enough. Add to that the frequent crashes that occur just as battle's starting, and you've got a sugary, run-of-the-mill role-playing app that's not worth the calories.

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