Parents' Guide to

Dislyte

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Well-structured tale focuses on chats; violence isn't ideal.

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age 16+

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age 16+

Very stylish "gatcha" game with fully uncensored chat

This is a "gatcha" game, a style of game designed to get you to "pull" (like a slot machine) at chances to win more powerful characters ("pay to win"). Like all gatcha games, you can play without spending to very, very slowly get more characters, or spend money to speed it up. The style and quality of the game are AAA-level, especially the music; this is from one of the top three gaming companies in China. The "gameplay" is a turn-based, team battle game, against computer opponents (that are sometimes generated from other players, but it is not real-time battling). The violence in this game is extremely minimal/cartoonish, and the scripted cursing is "hell" at worst. There is at least one song on the soundtrack with strong lyrics, but it is easy to miss, and the music can be disabled. There are a couple of very sexualized character designs, but honestly this game has much more body/character diversity than similar games in this genre. From a typical "Common Sense Media" perspective, this game is probably an 8+. But I gave it a much higher rating because of these two things: 1. The chat is 100% uncensored. Maybe it was in the past, but it is no more. This means literally anything and everything in the chat, including any words or topics. Crucially: chat cannot be disabled, and it's even required to get some of the characters. You can stop it from spamming your screen, but it is one tap away at all times. 2. This game is 100% about getting you to gamble. All gatcha games are. People - and world governments - are currently still arguing about the definition of "loot box" and "gambling" when it comes to these games, but you should know that this game is part of a multi-trillion-dollar industry designed to get you to spend as much money as possible, and it is extremely good at it. Normal "in app purchase" reservations apply, but gatcha games go further than that; gambling is arguably the core mechanic.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This rock star/superhero-themed game is easy to navigate, thanks to clear instructions and a format that isn't overly convoluted. Dislyte's battle sequence-related gameplay is interactive enough to make players feel like their choices have an impact -- without requiring them to manage an overwhelming amount of instructions and options. The app's visuals are top-notch, and the futuristic urban setting adds some stylistic flair, along with the dance music that plays in the background. The plot doesn't really offer much background information about the characters, or let you know why you're fighting certain creatures, and its pace can drag at times. But players can click on a button to skip portions, and they'll see a brief summary of what happened, which should help prevent confusion in future scenes.

Gamers can earn some characters to add to their battle team just by playing, but they'll need gold records -- which aren't particularly easy to get -- for the process that's involved in obtaining the rarer, more valuable ones. Gems, which they can use to buy gold records, accumulate pretty slowly. The Relic items that level up characters' skills aren't doled out in rapid succession, either. Because battle choices aren't unlimited, players may not feel they can come up with complicated strategies. But characters have different abilities, and some require a cooldown period, so gameplay shouldn't feel too repetitive. There are a few positive messages, but these are somewhat outweighed by the game's violence. The on-screen live chat also seems really unnecessary -- it's distracting, it doesn't directly relate to what's going on, and it's frequently inappropriate, so disabling that feature in the app settings would probably be best. If you can get past the chat, the focus on firearms, and the slow gaining of gems, there's plenty of things to like during Dislyte sessions.

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