Dungeons & Coin

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Confusing, monotonous game can eat up real money.

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Ease of Play

Part easy, part very perplexing. The general concept of a "coin pusher" game like this is incredibly simple -- you drop coins onto a table filled with coins, hoping that your new coins will knock some of the other coins off the table (and into your bankroll). That part is easy. There's also an RPG element, in which you can buy and equip spells and weapons that your wizard character will use against robot enemies. There are no instructions, though -- and after several hours of play, we still couldn't figure out how to work the RPG elements, or exactly what they did.

Violence

If you spin a jackpot on the slot machine, your little sorceress will blast a magic bolt at an enemy robot.

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Consumerism

Since you need virtual coins to play the game (and can lose or spend those virtual coins during the game), you may be tempted to pay real money to buy more virtual coins. Packs of coins cost from $1 to $5.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dungeons & Coin is a game with a very simple "coin pushing" aspect, but also a role-playing aspect that is nearly impossible to figure out. There's also a heavy commercial element to the game, in that kids will be tempted to spend their virtual coins on game items (many of which don't appear to have any use in the game -- or at least none that was readily apparent), and then have no coins left to play the game with. More coins cost real money.

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Is it any good?

DUNGEONS & COIN takes the simplicity of "coin pusher" games -- which is really the only thing to like about them -- and warps it into a confusingly convoluted role-playing game. There's a store, at which you can waste your coins on items that don't seem to have any impact on the game. There's a spot where you can equip spells, weapons, and potions, but nothing to tell you how to use those things. There are different colored orbs that you can earn, that will fall down among the coins. They seem to be important -- but what do they do? At its best, this is a tedious coin-dropping game; at its worst, it's a confusing mess that can eat up your real money.

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For kids who love arcade games

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