Random battles, complex instructions hurt fantasy story.
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Evertale is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. While there's a heavy focus on combat, characters' deaths aren't gory, even as fights end with one side being wiped out. The weapons used in battle range from swords to hammers. Players may struggle with the amount of information involved in battles, such as the individual characters' abilities, energy levels, and the team's overall spirit rating. Explanations are doled out as they play, but they're not always comprehensive, and players may still be confused about how they're progressing in the game. There are some subtle pushes to buy things, such as Soul Stones and ore that unlocks a weapon's potential, which are listed in two sections and range from $0.99 to $99.99. Several of the characters are also sexualized representations of women who are wearing outfits that show a lot of cleavage and skin in general.
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What’s It About?
Players fight, catch, and train dozens of monsters in EVERTALE. The game involves six regions in Erden, a fantasy world plagued by the Pandemonium, an ancient curse that wreaks havoc periodically. Players need to fight battles to make progress and will utilize information about each characters' abilities to decide their moves. As they choose actions such as poisoning or attacking an opponent, they also need to consider the effect it will have on their Team Spirit and elements such as each character's HP (hit points) and recovery time.
Is It Any Good?
This adventure game has some good points, but the amount of information can potentially confuse players looking to fully understand its combat strategy. Evertale has numerous areas to explore and characters to meet, and the graphics are often impressive. Players can find hidden monsters in bushes that shake gently, bright lights blare when contact is made in battle, and opponents disappear in a puff of smoke when defeated. The two main activities in the app center on conversations with other characters and fighting monsters. Players can capture some of the monsters they face off against, and then choose those creatures -- or other characters -- when they customize their lineup to ensure the strongest possible team will be used in battles.
The gameplay involves a number of elements, which can take some time to fully understand. The plot feels secondary to the frequent battles, and it unfolds fairly slowly. Random factors can change the outcome of battles, so anticipating the outcome of each move can be tricky. Similarly, some battles you stumble into, while others are preceded by conversations and conditions where you can't advance unless you win. That becomes a source of frustration because it slows the game down -- particularly when the battles suddenly seem to get more difficult or spawns new monsters in place of ones you've killed. Plus, if you have to replay a mission, you have to sit through any tutorials for that fight all over again without skipping. While there are some tools added to help direct players, it's still possible to feel lost during each chapter, which could lead people to use in-app purchases to make steady progress. Without a strong hook to draw players in or guidance on improving their performance, they may enjoy testing their luck against opponents for awhile -- but ultimately might not opt to spend much time in Evertale's fictional world if they just keep getting stuck in battles they have to repeat.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Evertale affected by the animated visuals, which don't seam as realistic? Would the impact be intensified if the visuals were presented in a more realistic manner?
What steps can you take when you're not sure how to start or continue something? Can you use the methods and approaches you use to figure things out in Evertale in real life?
How can you prepare to meet short-term and long-term goals in the game -- and in real life?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 16, 2021
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Publisher: ZigZaGame Inc.
- Version: 2.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 4.4 and up.
- Last updated: April 27, 2021
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