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Forged Fantasy

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Mischievous fantasy tale pushes in-app purchases.

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

Ease of Play

The Auto-play function takes the guesswork out of combat; versus play requires knowing how skills, upgrades, and teams work together to be successful.

Violence & Scariness

Combat involves fantasy violence with ranged, hand to hand weapons, and magic attacks, but enemies bleed and their bodies flop like rag dolls. 

Sexy Stuff

There are tongue-in-cheek references to female heroes' inadequate costumes. 

Language

Unmoderated play could expose players to inappropriate comments.

Consumerism

The free play model is fairly generous; the energy-based gameplay makes store purchases tempting to keep playing the game. Players can also earn currency by filling out surveys, giving away info, and signing up for subscriptions.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Forged Fantasy is a free-to-play action RPG (role-playing-game) for iOS and Android devices. The game features combat with ranged, melee, and magical weapons that shows humans and humanoid creatures being killed. It contains Friends lists (players can Friend total strangers) and unmoderated chat, which could expose players to inappropriate comments. Its energy-based model encourages players to extend gameplay by purchasing energy from the in-app store, and speed up progress by purchasing various kinds of premium currency. Players can earn currency by completing third-party surveys, signing up for subscriptions, and giving away personal info. Multiplayer modes include co-op and competitive play. Built-in security settings include a profanity filter, a Block Player setting, and a setting that limits private chat to Friends-only. Players are encouraged to join the app's Discord group and link the app to their Facebook accounts. 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?

FORGED FANTASY is a freemium fantasy RPG (role-playing game) featuring deadly (bloodless) combat with swords, hammers, guns, crossbows and a range of magical weapons. Players fight to defeat an evil enemy by collecting, equipping, and upgrading heroes. Heroes work together in parties, and all of them have unique skills which can be powered up with skill points and gold, or by crafting weapons, potions, and armor. Success in combat depends on using heroes in various combinations. Players can control heroes manually during combat or hit Auto-play and let the app take the wheel. The single player Campaign mode sends players on a story-driven journey to defeat an evil usurper while Solo and Co-op Raids, Gauntlet Mode, timed Events, and versus mode give players the chance to fight for special rewards. Players can also join Alliances to make Co-op mode easier.  

Is it any good?

Fantasy RPGs are a dime a dozen in the app store, and at first glance, this one looks a lot like all the others, but its sense of humor makes it stand out from the rest. Featuring your typical sword-and-sorcery-style characters, weapons, and settings, Forged Fantasy checks all the boxes RPG fans have come to expect. Fantasy stories often take themselves too seriously, but this game goes for the laughs with funny hero descriptions and snappy character dialog (think Avengers-style banter.) The idea is to temper the violence with silliness, and the strategy works well. Of course, humor alone can't carry an RPG. Forged Fantasy though, backs up the jokes with energetic combat, a host of lively heroes, and a straightforward crafting system.

Heroes can be controlled manually during combat or put on Auto-attack (the latter works well for Campaign mode, but versus modes are easier and more fun when you steer the team yourself.) Team building's the name of the game here; different situations (and modes) require different team compositions, and since each hero comes with his/her own particular skills and unique over-the-top weapons, your team's power can vary widely. Additional modes unlock as you progress through the Campaign, and all of them are fun (admittedly, gameplay is much the same in all of them.) Rewards are freely given, and you get a good amount of free play before your energy taps out. Still, the energy-based model makes buying energy tempting, and you and your kids might not be able to resist the urge to speed up hero upgrades by buying skill points or signing up for unnecessary third-party subscriptions. All told, Forged Fantasy is a solid fantasy role-playing game. Though not terribly unique and employing the bothersome energy model, its humor helps differentiate it from other RPGs, and its combat and crafting are undeniably fun. So provided you and your kids can resist the urge to shop, you're in for a fun (and funny) freemium fantasy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Forged Fantasy affected by the animated visuals? Is the impact intensified because blood is shown after attacks hit enemies?

  • Why is it important to be safe about choosing to provide personal info when playing online games? Do your kids know to use app store reviews/comments to screen for bad apps/possible dangers? 

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