A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In GALAXY ON FIRE 3 - MANTICORE, you take the flight stick of a pilot who escorts VIPs, guards freighters, and ensures that space pirates and other nefarious aliens don't disrupt the flow of a vital substance. Like many space-based games, this is all about shooting the bad guys as they do barrel rolls around you and swoop in and out of your radar. Your controls give you 360 degrees of range as well as the ability to thrust or brake, while the game takes care of autofiring when your targets line up with the enemy. The missions are short to keep players fighting through waves of opponents, and the upgrade system is designed to motivate players to keep taking on quests to earn that new piece of equipment that makes your craft just a bit faster or deadlier.
Is it any good?
While there are plenty of space dogfight games on the market, few let you truly embrace your inner Luke Skywalker. Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore is an exception, putting you in the cockpit of an upgrade-able spaceship that's constantly battling with the forces of darkness (in this case, space pirates). You'll swoop, dive, and dodge; while it's easy to figure out the basic controls, mastering them will take you a while longer. This, combined with a short and simple set of missions that you can fly through quickly, helps Galaxy on Fire 3 gets its hooks set deep into players. While the story is entirely forgettable, the game summons memories of classics such as Wing Commander in its action sequences, as you fly through tight spaces, tracking an enemy in your sights. The game gives players lots of options as well. You can fly sorties, start your own guild, or follow the main path. The app world has been waiting for an open space adventure title -- and Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore just might be the one to build a following.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about standing up for something you believe in. When should you stand and fight for your beliefs, and when should you be smart enough to know when it's better to run away?
Talk about the importance of allies. How important is it to have friends watching your back?
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