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Langrisser

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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New chapter of classic tale has free fun, tempting sales.

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

Ease of Play

There's a lot to learn, which can complicate play, but good tutorials and clear menus make learning easy. 

Violence

Fantasy violence is frequent, but there's no blood or gore shown.

Sex

Some mildly suggestive dialogue and some scantily-clad female heroes. 

Language

Some mild profanity in dialogue like "damn" and "hell." 

Consumerism

The in-app shop isn't pushed too much, but the temptation to speed progress by spending is high. Based on an old video game series.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Langrisser is a free-to-play fantasy role-playing game for iOS and Android devices. The app is based on the popular 1990s Langrisser video game series. The game revolves around an ongoing war and as such, contains near-constant fantasy violence. But there's no blood or gore, and defeated characters simply vanish from the screen. Dialogue contains occasional mild profanity such as “damn” and “hell,” as well as mildly suggestive references. Some female characters wear revealing outfits, and one muscular male character appears in small swim trunks. Players can create guilds, friend (or block) strangers, and can communicate with friends and strangers directly or by chat lobby. Free play is generous, but the temptation to speed progress by buying items and currency is high. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

LANGRISSER is the latest in a Japanese role-playing-game (RPG) series dating back to 1991. This freemium mobile version embraces the history and heroes of previous games and describes the current effects of those game's conflicts. You play as a young hero; when rumors arise that the legendary sword Langrisser has reappeared, factions everywhere mobilize to find it, and you and your friends are swept into the race. As a would-be hero, you work your way through the main story campaign, engaging in single player turn-based squad combat that lets you make strategic choices when it comes to squad makeup, attack order, and battlefield positioning. You create powerful teams by summoning and collecting powerful heroes, and upgrade your heroes' equipment, skills, and support units. In addition to the campaign, you can enjoy limited-time events that offer special rewards, as well as multiple side modes that offer item rewards and insight into characters and events from previous Langrisser games. A “Bonds” system deepens the dive into Langrisser lore as you build intimacy with your heroes, and a Forging system lets you strengthen your heroes' armor and weaponry.

Is it any good?

With its great art and sound, fun (if typical) good-versus-evil story, wide range of activities, and generous attitude to free play, this mobile role-playing-game does justice to its roots. In Langrisser, once you've chosen from four classes for your starting hero, you learn the ropes of squad building and turn-based combat. New RPG-ers could be intimidated by this with so many different heroes, skills, items, and upgrades, but the app serves this info up in digestible chunks. Its interface is orderly and intuitive. This might sound like a small thing, but it matters, since so much of your time is spent inside of menus tinkering with armor, weapons, skills, crafting, and squad makeup. Of course, menus hardly matter if combat isn't fun, but Langrisser's pulled that off too. Master strategists will love changing units' positions before battle and altering their attack order every turn. They'll also enjoy unlocking and customizing heroes' support units to fit any battle. Story hounds will relish jumping into the Time Rift and witnessing important events from Langrisser's past and Bonding with heroes. Finally, more practical types will savor the experience potions, equipment, crafting materials, and special prizes they earn in various Secret Realms and in Training mode. 

There's lots to do here as a single-player, but if you're the social type, there's even more. Arena mode lets you fight other players, and you can take on bigger challenges (and earn greater rewards) by joining or creating a Guild. For parents, the one downside could be the ongoing temptation to buy things from the in-app shop. Fun hero skins are hard to resist, and in-app currency is a definite shortcut to better, more powerful squads. Moreover, kids who can't take this route could be tempted to spend too many hours with the app, trying to keep up with spendier friends. Still, provided game sessions and spending are kept under control, Langrisser's a great mobile RPG that's both fun and accessible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how classic role-playing games (RPGs) transition to mobile apps. Do these kinds of apps have the same depth and fun as RPGs on PC or consoles?

  • Are any of your favorite games based on world culture? Do you think this helps or hurts the content included in the game?

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