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Granny Legend

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Hazy rules offer little hope for success -- or enjoyment.

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

Ease of Play

Players get very little instruction about what advantages upgrading weapons can offer, how they earn gems, or several other aspects of the game, and there's no FAQ or other written resource to refer to.

Violence & Scariness

Players kill monsters, but no blood or real gore's shown.

 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Packages of gems, ranging from $0.99 to $99.99, are sold. If they don't buy any, players will need to watch some ads to keep playing in rounds where a creature touches them. They can also pay $4.99 to remove pop-up ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Granny Legend is an action game for iOS and Android devices. There's a lot of fighting in the game, but it's not particularly graphic, and players are battling made-up monsters. The app doesn't provide thorough instructions, though, so players may be confused about some aspects of the game -- including what benefits some of the items they earn offer and how to progress. They may find they need to watch a number of ads to keep playing; they also can run out of energy and have to wait before they can play again.

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What's it about?

Players fight monsters in GRANNY LEGEND to gain coins and advance levels. Granny swings her knife in a circle as players use their finger to direct her toward creatures; some monsters need to be struck several times before being defeated. You can't let any of them touch you, or the round will end and you'll need to repeat it. Players earn coins and gems from playing, which they can use to extend rounds where they're touched or upgrade their weapons and unlock new heroes. Once they reach level 25, they'll unlock a special hero mode.

Is it any good?

This monster-versus-grandmother face-off could be a lot of fun, but the vague gameplay keeps it from being being fun. It's nice to see an older character saving the day in Granny Legend, and the incoming monsters provide increasingly challenging scenarios. After a couple of rounds, they can pour in from both sides, and ones you don't kill off with the rest of the group will actively follow you. But the game's vague playing guidelines, though, are a real drawback. It's unclear what the random knives you can pick up along the way in rounds are for, or what new weapons you buy will add to the experience. Similarly, it's hard to tell what factors could prevent or allow monsters to touch you, which will end the round. With weapons constantly spinning around you in a circle, it seems like they shouldn't be able to.

There's some skill involved in waging attacks on creatures who require more than one blow to defeat, but without any idea how some can end up touching you, any contact they make seems somewhat arbitrary -- and it starts to feel like there's no real way to master the game and move forward. Earning enough gems to extend rounds often is difficult -- which means players will need to repeat each one until they can eliminate all monsters without being touched. Given how long that can take, they may quickly lose interest in playing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Granny Legend affected by the fact that there's no other way to resolve conflict other than immediately leaping into fights? What other ways can people potentially resolve conflict?

  • What happens when kids aren't sure how to proceed with something? If you aren't given clear instructions, how can you find out what to do?

  • How can you remain friendly if you lose or win? Can you still be a good sport when playing a competitive game?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 27, 2019
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 197.00 MB
  • Publisher: Fastone Games
  • Version: 10.0.03
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 4.1 and up or iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Last updated: December 13, 2019

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