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God of Magic - Gamebook Story
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What's it about?
To play GOD OF MAGIC - GAMEBOOK STORY, first enter your name and tap on your avatar where the game says you can change it. Wait! When you tap on it, you find out that you have to buy a different avatar if you want to change it, at $4.99 for 2,500 gems. Next, "shape the story" by choosing one of two actions that appear on the screen. Read the conversation that appears once you've made a choice. Clear levels by completing arcade-style "challenges" like lining up a lock with a pick or jumping from square to square to test your "agility" and collect gems as rewards. Tap "watch video" to earn gems by watching commercials.
Is it any good?
Though some kids may enjoy the story and games, the ads and purchases outweigh any potential fun. God of Magic - Gamebook Story includes a promising "interactive text adventure" in which players can shape the story by the storylines they choose. The problem is that the choices presented are often so similar that what a player chooses feels nearly irrelevant. The mini-games can be fun, but they don't require much thinking, just quick hand-eye coordination. God of Magic - Gamebook Story also has an age problem: The simple mini-games may appeal to younger kids (9 and up), but some content -- a joke about getting stoned, the mild swearing, and some of the ads -- simply aren't suitable for that age group. And even if you pay to have the ads removed, kids will eventually need to purchase gems and hearts to keep playing. So while it could be a relatively fun app that gets kids reading a bit, it ends up feeling full of marketing and money grabs.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how God of Magic - Gamebook Story includes ads during gameplay. What does your kid think about this app money-making technique? Read Common Sense Media's What can I do about all the ads my kids see online and in games?
Talk about the storyline in this app. Ask your kid: How would you develop the story to make it more interesting? What could the mini-games include to make them more relevant?
For kids who love storytelling and adventure games
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