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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Disney Sorcerer's Arena is a free-to-play role-playing strategy game available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices. Players collect characters from the Disney and Pixar properties, forming teams to battle against opposing teams in either Campaign battles or in player versus player matches against teams formed by other players from around the world. Parents should be aware that there's a filtered online chat feature that could still potentially expose younger players to some offensive language. Combat is core to the gameplay, with characters using a variety of weapons and magic abilities (represented by flashy effects) to defeat opponents. Despite the focus on fighting, there's no blood or gore; defeated enemies simply vanish from the screen. Parents should also note that the game heavily pushes in-game purchases with pop-ups and special offers. There are also in-game ads players can watch for bonuses, though the random nature of the ads could expose younger players to games meant for more mature audiences.
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What's it about?
DISNEY SORCERER'S ARENA is a free-to-play turn-based strategy role-playing game available for download on iOS and Android mobile devices. In this magical place where worlds collide, players have been chosen to battle against one another in an epic contest of magic and skill, all to earn the title of Master Sorcerer. Players will recruit from over 100 characters across the Disney and Pixar franchises -- from the likes of The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Toy Story, Onward, and more -- and build their dream team. Players level up with enchanted equipment and unlock new abilities for their characters, and then prove their spell slinging skills in any of the game's multiple single-player campaign modes or test themselves against other potential Sorcerers in player-versus-player matches.
Is it any good?
For generations, Disney and Pixar have creatively crafted all kinds of magical worlds for audiences of all ages. Now, the characters we've grown to know and love, both past and present, have all come together in Disney Sorcerer's Arena. Fans will love the diverse collection of characters available, ranging from classics, like the original Steamboat Willie version of Mickey Mouse, through recent releases, such as Ian and Barley from Pixar's Onward. And even with a roster of over 100 characters, the game does a fantastic job of making each one feel genuinely unique from any another. Everything from their looks to their animations to their special abilities stays faithful to the characters and brings an element of charm to the overall experience.
It doesn't hurt that the gameplay mechanics in Disney Sorcerer's Arena are relatively easy to pick up and play. That's not to say there's not a lot of menu navigation, upgrading, recruiting, and more going on in the game. Sometimes it can feel like you're spending almost as much time out of actual battles than you do in them. The bigger problem has to do with the almost extreme pressure to spend money on in-game purchases or, worse still, to watch a slew of ads for other games for almost insignificant rewards. If you can ignore this, there's still a lot to do in the game, and it's all put together in an impressive package. Besides, where else can you bring Captain Hook and Jack Sparrow together with Buzz Lightyear as backup?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in media. Is the impact of the violence in Disney Sorcerer's Arena affected by the fact that players are interacting with cartoons instead of realistic characters? Would the violence be intensified if the gameplay was more realistic? How do cartoons and related properties take their younger audiences into account when it comes to violence?
What are some of the ways that popular licenses are used to attract an established audience? How can in-game purchases and ads affect these games? How much is too much?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 23, 2020
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Superheroes, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 50.00 MB
- Version: 10.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or higher; Android 5.0 and up
- Last updated: April 13, 2020
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