A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Basically plays itself, so it couldn't be easier. Combat is hands-off auto-combat, and the game guides players through every single decision.
Violence & Scariness
Violence consists of cartoony explosions and sparkly visual effects. When characters "die," they basically "poof" without blood and come back to life in the next battle.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters are buxom and show cleavage, but mostly shown from behind during gameplay. Game about lovers stuck between heaven and hell.
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Products & Purchases
While loading and playing the game, players encouraged to purchase premium currency. Players can only achieve VIP status by making real-world purchases.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Haunted Empires - Ghosts of the Three Kingdoms is a combat-focused role-playing game. Violence is seen from a distant, overhead view and consists of characters performing fancy attacks with lots of visual effects. Players don't actually control the characters; all gameplay is heavily guided or automatic. Injury and death is cartoony and is represented by hit sound effects and characters vanishing. An in-game chat lets players interact between fights, and players are encouraged to purchase items from the premium item store.
Is It Any Good?
Haunted Empires - Ghosts of the Three Kingdoms can hardly be called a game. Designed to do everything for you, it robs you of the opportunity to make meaningful choices and instead asks you to mindlessly tap buttons -- Pavlov's dog-style -- to receive rewards.This excessive hand-holding might be acceptable if it was temporary and used to teach gameplay. Sadly, that's not the case. Missions consist of directions such as "explore this dungeon" (translation: Tap "Fight" and let the game win for you) or "upgrade a hero to level 10" (tap "Upgrade" and watch the numbers tick up). As a result, the first few hours of "gameplay" are a tedious exercise in doing what you're told. Three hours in, you're finally allowed to make a few choices as different areas of the main map unlock. You're given the chance to do things such as assign skills and play a bun-eating mini-game. It's something, but it's not enough. Beyond the bizarre lack of meaningful interactivity, it's full of dialogue that tells no discernible story. Among the many adventure and role-playing apps currently available, Haunted Empires - Ghosts of the Three Kingdoms is a particularly weak offering. It's sloppy, disjointed, and only marginally interactive, and in spite of some nice graphics, it's clearly a product meant to siphon cash out of its players.
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