Frostborn: Coop Survival

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Clever adventure needs more details to prevent confusion.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about working to reach goals and will follow some directions. They'll also balance tasks, and the app's currency and conversational aspects provide some basic reading and math practice. Figuring out what to do requires kids to take initiative, and they may need to circle back and re-examine an area or task, which can stress perseverance and problem solving skills. They'd utilize more strategy if the game offered a stronger sense of what the overall experience involves, but kids will still get some chances to utilize a few critical thinking skills, such as investigation and decision-making.

Ease of Play

The app doesn't offer many instructions, so players need to figure out how to navigate the virtual world.

 

Violence

Making progress revolves around attacking other characters with weapons like a spear, and blood is shown as a result of combat.

 

Sex
Language

Players can type on-screen chat messages, and although a filter will replace swear words like "s--t" with asterisks, people could potentially say other inappropriate things.

Consumerism

The game is free to play but features in-app purchases that will help speed up the experience.

 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Frostborn: Coop Survival is a role-playing game for iOS and Android devices. Players don't have to be part of team to play, but some may join forces with friends or potentially connect on an outlet like Discord to interact with other gamers. Users are given very little explanation of how the game works and have to figure out the controls and other aspects as they go. Swear words are filtered out, but the open chat feature could be a concern. As they play, gamers have to kill zombies and other creatures or be killed, and characters' deaths are mildly gory -- a pool of blood puddles beneath victims as they collapse. Although the app's free to use, players can buy weapons and other items using coins earned in the game or spend real-world cash on coin packages that range from $1.99 to $99.99.

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What's it about?

Players work to rebuild a struggling Viking city in FROSTBORN: COOP SURVIVAL. They're given tasks to complete, such as talking to a character or collecting certain items, and work to build their camp and upgrade their class and district, which helps them access new areas in the game. This can be a multiplayer experience, or kids can have a solo adventure. As they wander throughout the world, they'll face off against zombies and other creatures -- including other players, potentially, who may attack and take gamers' valuables.

Is it any good?

This clever premise for an title is held back because gamers face a number of unclear elements when they start this role-playing adventure game. They're dropped into Frostborn: Coop Survival after viewing just a few informational screens, without much instruction on what to do, which can feel overwhelming. An auto mode option may be able to provide some thoughts on how to proceed, and the app offers guidance by doling out short-term tasks, such as finding three logs and limestone to craft a hatchet. But there's still some trial and error involved -- for example, players will need to figure out the hand icon, one of several on the screen, to pick logs, limestone, and other things up. It'll also take time for them to understand what some of the items they gather and make will be used for because the game doesn't provide a clear view of their ultimate goal -- or even, in some instances, their next steps.

In general, players work their way around walls, zombies, and other obstacles, traveling between their camp, district, and other areas to complete tasks or store and utilize items they find. They may need to unlock blueprints, for instance, and locate materials to build structures. Much of the work is practical -- creating stronger weapons and walls to keep threats out -- but some revolve around violence. Players fight off zombies and other threats, including other players, who can attack and steal what your belongings. And there are some glitches to deal with: Your connection can suddenly drop, for example, causing you to start a portion of the experience over, and conversations you're instructed to have with game characters may feature an illogical "Purchase unavailable. Please, try again later" message. The developer may be working out some kinks from the most recent update -- even so, without more detailed instructions and a better sense of what the entire game entails, the app may be a little too complicated for some gamers to fully dive in and enjoy playing it.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Frostborn: Coop Survival affected by the amount of blood shown? How does this compare to some of the violence shown in movies or other games? Do the graphics in this game make injury and deaths seem more or less shocking? Does that make the violence seem more acceptable?

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  • Do you find it frustrating that you have to figure out how things work without any instructions in Frostborn: Coop Survival? How can you determine what to do if your first attempt at something doesn't work?

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For kids who love role-playing games

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