Game of War – Fire Age

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Well-marketed strategic action mostly a waiting game.

Parents say

age 17+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Ease of Play

Most "quests" are time-based and only require tapping. 

Violence

A lot of talk about war but little graphic violence. 

Sex

Kate Upton-inspired Athena presented in a sex-forward fashion with lots of cleavage, but no nudity or implied sex. In-game chat may result in some objectionable sexual conversations, though. 

Language

Nothing objectionable in the game, but the in-game chat may contain objectionable terms. 

Consumerism

Game pushes users hard to buy upgrades, littering the screen with ads and upgrade buttons. Gold packs to buy upgrades from $5 to $100. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Game of War - Fire Age is an action/strategy game that's light on both action and strategy but focuses more on joining powerful players and pushing purchases. Players are encouraged to join alliances -- which often are exclusionary -- and chat together in real time. Players can build up their cities (the "strategy" component) and undertake "quests" (waiting various amounts of time for rewards). The game heavily pushes in-app purchases and states up front that it's not for children younger than 13. Despite the app's title, violence is minimal and attacks occur without blood.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAntoniaR 1 August 12, 2015

More for adults

I started playing this game out of curiosity and now I'm obsessed. I does ask if you are 13 years of age but that is only a button push... and in my opin... Continue reading
Adult Written byLisa E April 3, 2017

Don't do it.

This game is only free to those who don't want to be competitive. So run.. don't walk in the other direction. And take your wallet with you! MZ is mo... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old January 16, 2017

USERS UNDER 12 SHOULDN'T PLAY

Playing this game,I've noticed a bit of sex and violence. The point is to destroy the other castles and empires and build up yours. There might be a bit of... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bystephcurr123 July 2, 2018

Horrible, boring game is LOADED with consumerism

Game of War: Fire Age is an absolutely horrible game that is “free”. It actually isn’t because I’m Order to progress fast you need to spend money. There may be... Continue reading

What's it about?

In GAME OF WAR - FIRE AGE players build and upgrade structures in their home cities by gathering resources through quests; structures can include farms, mines, and more. Defensive structures make your town less vulnerable to attacks from enemies. Quests are performed by simply clicking on quest buttons, which then start timers: When time is up, players collect the reward. Through purchases, users can jump levels and make things happen faster. Joining an alliance involves sharing resources and chatting with each other in real time through an innovative system that translates the chat, letting people from around the world play together. 

Is it any good?

Game of War- Fire Age, with its Kate Upton ads, has become a phenomenon. The problem is this: Look beyond those and it's really a pretty boring game. Quests are little more than time-based rewards. Also, many of the alliances want nothing to do with new players, which can make new (and young) players feel isolated. 

The gameplay is built on the same model as Clash of Clans, but it's not nearly as entertaining. Though there are certainly social aspects to this game that run deeper than its compatriots, that can be worrisome for parents who aren't able to monitor the conversations that go on in the live chat rooms. Incredibly patient players might have fun with this one, but it's a game that creates a terrible first impression -- you should never be bored within the first five minutes -- and doesn't improve much from there. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ancient Greece and how life was back then. Was it anything like what the game implies?

  • Discuss strategy: What type of strategy does this game require, if any? How does a player succeed in this type of game, and what does that success look like?

  • Set expectations around in-app purchases before your kid starts playing. Because of how the game is constructed, players must pay or wait, so make sure there's a game plan around what's allowed and what's not.

App details

For kids who love strategy games

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