Fire Emblem Heroes

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Challenging strategy adventure fun for newbies, genre fans.

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Simple controls mean a quick start; increasing difficulty demands good strategy. 

Violence

Combat is everything, but it's non-graphic, bloodless. 

Sex

Some female heroes wear sexy costumes, have flirty taglines. 

Language
Consumerism

Free play is easy; purchases minimize repetition. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fire Emblem Heroes is a free-to-play Japanese role-playing app based on the popular, long-running Fire Emblem video game series. The app employs an anime art style that includes busty young women in sexy outfits spouting flirty taglines. Non-bloody combat is the basis of gameplay, with hero collection as the player's secondary goal. Players can friend each other and battle online, with players over 13 encouraged to create and link a Nintendo account to the app. The easy-to-read privacy policy states that the app allows third-party partners to collect data for analytical and marketing purposes. For full details regarding the sorts of information Nintendo collects, read the complete privacy policy

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJace J. July 6, 2017

Great binge/fun game to play

I think there is no nudity or action in this game. There is fighting, but no blood. No sexual content overall. I think it is a great game.
Teen, 14 years old Written byHoodieBlue562 May 8, 2018

Addictive

This game is very time consuming due to Intelligent Systems constantly adding new characters, levels, and game modes. The main complaint I see are how some char... Continue reading

What's it about?

Two kingdoms are at war in FIRE EMBLEM HEROES, and it's your job as a member of the Order of Heroes to help the good side win. Arriving in the kingdom of Askr, you become a legendary summoner capable of gathering a group of its greatest fighters. Your martial strategy involves collecting knights, archers, mages, and others, leveling them up, and teaching them a host of powerful skills. After that, winning turn-based battles comes down to creating diverse teams that are ready for anything. Should you succeed in defeating the enemy, you could discover the source of the conflict and maybe even solve a mystery or two.

Is it any good?

Japanese role-playing games are taking the app stores by storm, proving that complex RPGs and mobile devices are a surprisingly good fit. This series in particular effortlessly transitions to the tablet with beautiful graphics and elegant tap-swipe controls. The 2D anime-style characters are stunning (though some of the female heroes wear revealing costumes and say flirty things), and collecting them all quickly becomes a compulsion. Better still, their substance easily matches their style.

Heroes come with a wide range of complementary skills that both beginners and RPG veterans can appreciate. Want to put your team builds to the test? Multiple game modes (Story, Training Tower, and Arena, where you take on other players' teams) provide ample opportunity to try out strategies and earn the orbs you need to unlock more heroes. On the down side, the story takes forever to get rolling and feels padded with lots of the same objectives. Also, players unused to the JRPG formula might not enjoy the hefty helping of repetition built into the game. Success depends on having a wide selection of heroes raised to a certain level, and doing that means hours of replaying battles with different team members. But replayed levels mean less experience. Of course, some of the tedium can be avoided if you have money to spend. The good news, though, is if you're patient, purchases are totally optional. Hero unlocks can all be earned, and you're given enough Stamina to play longer than you probably should. That, plus great graphics, a fun collection mechanic, and fun strategy gameplay make Fire Emblem Heroes a good entry point for role-playing newbies and a total gimme for JRPG fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how male and female anime heroes are drawn. Why are the female characters so often sexualized? Why aren't the male heroes drawn the same way?

  • Discuss the use of revealing costumes. What do you think they communicate about the wearer? 

  • Think about the time investment required by an RPG. What's a good time limit for individual play sessions? 

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