Endless Frontier Saga 2

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Confusing tale with mild combat plays itself, isn't fun.

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Ease of Play

Auto-play makes game play itself; complex systems hard to understand.

Violence & Scariness

Non-bloody, cartoon combat.

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Language
Consumerism

Purchases frequently encouraged; progress doesn't require them.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Endless Frontier Saga 2 is an update of the original Endless Frontier Saga, a freemium role-playing "idle game." The game essentially plays itself; despite its fantasy setting, the player's only role here is to collect and spend currency on upgrades that increase the ability to collect more currency. While there's violence, it's cartooonish, without any blood shown. Players are encouraged to spend money for progress, though it's not necessary for gameplay. Players can connect their Facebook account to the app and join an online community related to it. The app's privacy policy details the sorts of information collected and shared. To read the privacy policy in its entirety, visit the developer's official website

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What's it about?

ENDLESS FRONTIER SAGA 2 is part of a new genre of games known as "clicker," "incremental," or "idle" games. The point is to accumulate currency and use it to upgrade a team of heroes and help them conquer as many levels of combat as possible. Unlike traditional role-playing games, or RPGs, this idle RPG doesn't tell a story or let you control combat; nearly everything is automated, and your progress depends entirely on your ability to prioritize the purchase of items and upgrades.

Is it any good?

This "role-playing game" doesn't explain its mechanics, doesn't involve role playing, and can be automated, making the "game" a mess of numbers and visuals. Endless Frontier Saga 2's new take on traditional role-playing games will be divisive; while young gamers who grew up on YouTube will love it, gamers used to controlling gameplay will be disappointed. This isn't like old-school RPGs, which are chock-full of story and character development. This new brand of RPG ignores that aspect more or less completely to focus on the numbers. The main screen with its upper auto-combat viewer and lower quest/upgrade tickers is the visual equivalent of a digital fidget spinner: Things flash, spin, and count down hypnotically while you're meant to shift among menus clicking, clicking, clicking. 

For the most part, the app's about as interactive and entertaining as watching a Wall Street stock ticker on CNBC, and the developer is largely to blame. It does nothing to explain the complex workings of the game, expecting new players to go online and read (or watch YouTube videos) exhaustively or remain forever in the dark. If you do take time to do the research, things start to get a little more interesting as you experiment with different approaches to currency hoarding. Still, with no Frontier or Saga to speak of, all you have is endless clicking for rewards (the classic laboratory experiment comes to mind; just substitute humans for rats), and many parents will likely want kids to find better ways to spend their media time. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes something a "game." What's the difference between interactive and passive entertainment with games like Endless Frontier Saga 2?

  • Think about how idle games teach us that success means collecting cash. Do they teach anything else? 

  • Discuss how idle games call themselves "role-playing games." What is role playing, and how do idle games justify using the term? 

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