Iron Force

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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A fun but flawed tank battle game.

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Ease of Play

Game has simple touch controls, but they're a bit clunky and inaccurate.

Violence

Players must shoot and blow up tanks before they destroy them. Though the tanks explode, you never see their drivers getting hurt, nor do you face any human enemies.

Sex

Eda, your guide, shows a lot of cleavage.

Language
Consumerism

Players earn or buy in-game funds to buy new tanks, improve ones they already own, purchase temporary upgrades, or speed up parts of the game, such as when your tank respawns after being destroyed.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Iron Force is an arcade-style tank battle game in which players try to destroy other tanks. But, though the tanks do explode, there's no blood or gore and no human targets. In addition, there is no voice chat, so players can't communicate with each other, though you can play with friends if you’re connected through Game Center or Google Play. Also, using funds you earn by playing or buying with real-world money, players can purchase better tanks, improve ones they already own, and get upgrades that will temporarily improve their war machines. Funds also can be used to speed up parts of the game, allowing you to skip the waiting period between when you order an improvement and when it's installed. Note that you must be connected to Wi-Fi to play, and a button links directly to Facebook.

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What's it about?

IRON FORCE is an online, arcade-style, multiplayer tank battle game. Using simple controls, you have to destroy enemy tanks before they destroy you. Players can even pick up piles of in-game money or special weapons from the wreckage of their enemies. There isn’t a story. Once you go through training with a rather buxom and inappropriately dressed soldier named Eda, it's pretty much kill or be killed, with no explanation as to why you're trying to destroy those other tanks.

Is it any good?

As multiplayer tank battle games go, Iron Force is OK. The controls are rather clunky, which makes it difficult (though hardly impossible) to get a real bead on your enemies or to escape them when they're bearing down on you. The lack of human characters and casualties is a mixed bag: There are no deaths to witness, but combat is totally unrealistic. Some fans also might balk at its delays, such as how it takes a moment for your main gun to reload. Still others might feel the game is rather greedy, always asking for money and often for silly stuff. But if you're forgiving, patient, and frugal and would like to blow up friends and strangers using heavily artillery, Iron Force is worth checking out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about being responsible with your money and in-app purchases. Do you really need a new tank, or do you simply want one? Can you wait until you earn the funds by playing, or do you need to spend real money on a tank you won't be able to drive to grandma's house?

  • Talk about the history involved. How did tanks play an important part in World War I and World War II? Would combat have resembled that in the game? How does the absence of people make the combat different from real life?

  • Discuss good sportsmanship. Why is it not OK to take a power-up if someone else destroyed the tank? How would you feel if you destroyed an enemy tank, but someone else grabbed the money or missiles that were left behind?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free with in-app purchases
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: June 5, 2015
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 74.50 MB
  • Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
  • Version: 1.9.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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