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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In HACKERS - JOIN THE CYBERWAR!, you play as a computer hacker who has to take on other hackers from around the world. To do so, you must use a variety of hacking programs (which you buy), then pick a target (which also requires money), and then use your hacking programs strategically (more money) to take them down before they can reboot their systems.
Is it any good?
While this hacking strategy game has an interesting premise, it's greedier than it is strategic. Though Hackers - Join the Cyberwar! could involve puzzles or thinking of some kind, players simply click on a node in a spiderweb-looking graphical interface, click a hacking program, and wait to see if those hacking systems are better than the opponents'. And that's kind of it. Even when someone attacks you, the mechanics are basically the same. Its slick style and intriguing premise might entice kids. However, it's tempting to spend real money to get a leg up. It's also not the most stable game as it sometimes disconnects randomly, which can mess up a big hack. Some parents of tech-savvy kids also might question if the idea of malicious hacking is something to encourage in a game, but since it's so superficial, the impact is probably low.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about hacking. In Hackers - Join the Cyberwar!, what is hacking and how does it work? Why is computer hacking such a problem in the real world? Can you cite examples where hacking did more harm than good?
Talk about in-app purchases. While you don't have to use real money to buy items in this game, they do help speed things up and keep you playing. As a result, parents will want to set some limits on how much real money can be spent on this game during a certain time frame.
Discuss budgets. Everything in this game costs money. What have you learned about budgeting your money from playing this game? And what have you learned about saving money from playing this game?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: October 5, 2016
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 231.00 MB
- Publisher: Trickster Arts
- Version: 1.004
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.1 or later; Android 4.0.3 and up
- Last updated: June 19, 2020
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