A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 29, 2015
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 57.10 MB
- Publisher: Machine Zone
- Version: 2.15
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
Our editors recommend
For kids who love strategy games
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