Dragon Ball Legends

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Fast-moving adventure fun for fans and newcomers to series.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Features simple tap controls, although skill and equipment management can be a modest challenge. 

Violence

Fighting is the whole point of the game, with hands, fists, magical abilities, but it's cartoonish, and no blood or gore is shown.

Sex

Mild flirtatious exchanges between characters occur in dialogue. 

Language

"Damn" and "hell" show up in some conversations.

Consumerism

Frequent promo screens for the in-app store. Based on popular Dragon Ball franchise, which has spawned numerous TV shows, comics, games, and more.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Ball Legends is a free-to-play role-playing game (RPG) for iOS and Android devices based on the popular Dragon Ball anime series. Free play and character collection in the game are limited by an energy-based game currency system that encourages players to buy more in the in-app store. The storyline contains the occasional mild swearing like "damn" and "hell," and there's some light flirty dialogue. Online versus mode lets players search and add friends via randomly generated player code; friends can communicate via chat in a player vs. player (PvP) battle lobby. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change. 

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What's it about?

DRAGON BALL LEGENDS is a freemium role-playing game (RPG) app revolving around character collection and real-time combat. The single-player story mode stars a brand-new Dragon Ball character called Shallot, who wakes up in a strange time and place and encounters a group of quirky warriors ready to fight in an intergalactic tournament. Gameplay involves creating teams of up to six heroes and using them to gain experience and currency by fighting. As players level up, they gain  upgradeable cards representing skills and equipment that make their heroes more powerful, as well as currency that lets them summon new heroes. In addition to single-player story mode, players can challenge online friends to battle. Meanwhile, there are two passive game modes that let gamers gain money and experience while offline.

Is it any good?

This is a quality role-playing game for mobile devices that's fun to play, even if you aren't a fan of the animated series. The predictably wacky story of Dragon Ball Legends is told in a 2D comics style, but combat is presented in a 3D environment. Fights are lightning-fast but easy to learn (if your reflexes are good, anyway) once you get the hang of the simple card skill system, which controls what abilities you can use and when. Each story mission you fight through provides a series of combat challenges, with lots of rewards if you complete them all. The reward system as a whole is fairly generous, though getting certain rare heroes to summon can be expensive if you try to buy them instead of earning them through play. Still, weekly events offer the chance to broaden your hero collection while taking a break from the story mission/versus play routine.

The single-player story mode gives you 10 free energy points to spend per day, and these take roughly half an hour to burn through. That said, if you want to play for more than half an hour -- and you will -- you'll have to spend some money. Dragon Ball Legends' dynamic combat, character collection, and team-building will entertain teens and younger kids for hours. Add to that its funny, accessible storyline and you've got an app that offers both newbies and Dragon Ball veterans plenty to do in an attractive package that's faithful to the anime series.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Dragon Ball Legends affected by the cartoonish visuals? Would it be worse if there was blood shown, or if the visuals were more realistic? 

  • Are you more likely to download an app if it has a name you recognize? Do you think that playing Dragon Ball Legends will get you interested in watching the show or playing other games from the franchise?

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