God of Magic - Gamebook Story

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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More meh than magic on this ad-heavy game.

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Educational Value

God of Magic - Gamebook Story was not created with educational intent, and we do not recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

Easy to play, but number of ads and steps required to collect or buy gems interrupts play.

Violence

Mild cartoon violence, some scary elements like skulls and fire balls in magic powers. When a player's avatar falls in the agility game, they shout and fall into oblivion, but appear again unharmed.

Sex

Some ads include sexy stuff that are not aligned with the age range for this game. 

Language

Mild swearing ("What the hell?").

Consumerism

In-app purchases and ads are an ongoing interruption to gameplay.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Odd joke about "getting stoned" seems out of place.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that God of Magic - Gamebook Story is an interactive story app where players choose from options to direct the story and play mini-games in between. The story appears in text-like format as a wizard kid talks to his guide to find out where to go and what to do next. The mini-games are arcade-style games with lots of simple tapping, jumping, and aiming. Players must earn gems through the games, buy gems with an in-app purchase, and get gems when they watch ads that appear during the game (or pay $1.99 to eliminate the ads). Note: There was no privacy policy at the time of review.

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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?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free (in-app purchases $1.99 to $4.99)
  • Release date: September 19, 2017
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 91.20 MB
  • Publisher: Daniel Eordogh
  • Version: 1.14
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up

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