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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that League of Legends: Wild Rift is a multiplayer online battle arena (or MOBA) game for iOS and Android devices. The game's based off the wildly popular PC game League of Legends, which has spawned global eSports competitions, musical groups, merchandise, and more. Players are also offered the opportunity to purchase new characters and content for real money. While the game's easy to learn, and comes with lots of tutorials, the complications revolve around learning all of the characters available in the game, along with their skills, strengths and weaknesses. Even with lots of practice, you still need accurate aim, luck, and timing, along with the help of your teammates, to successfully defeat your opponents. Needless to say, you'll have to put in work to improve your skills. Violence is the focus of the title, with characters using melee, ranged, and magical abilities to eliminate monsters and opponents, but there's no blood or gore shown, and attacks often have comical effects attached. Unmoderated gameplay could expose players to inappropriate content, and some user names push the edge of offensive commentary. Some female characters do wear tight or revealing clothing, and a character's attacks and skills comment on drinking, though nothing's shown.
What's it about?
LEAGUE OF LEGENDS: WILD RIFT is a version of the globally popular eSports PC game, League of Legends, scaled down and designed around a mobile experience. Regardless of the revamped touchscreen controls, the gameplay remains the same. Two teams of five players select characters from a large roster, choose from one of three lanes to move towards their opponents, and attempt to defeat their enemies with the goal of eventually destroying the enemy base. Wild Rift has maintained this format, along with spawning monsters for characters to defeat, providing gold and stat boosts for your side if you eliminate them before your rivals do. Gold can be exchanged back at your base to purchase additional gear that enhances your character's attacks, making them more effective in battle. For Wild Rift, maps and rounds have been somewhat condensed as well, making for tighter battles between teams than the PC version. Play earns credits to unlock additional characters and skins, with levels unlocking randomized characters in the roster. Players can also purchase characters they're interested in if they don't want to wait to unlock them. Will you be able to help lead your team to victory, or will you suffer a crushing defeat? Hopefully your teamwork, your skill, and your aim is enough to help you conquer the Wild Rift.
Is it any good?
The tactics, fast-paced play, and complexity of the classic PC game has miraculously been distilled into a portable experience that's a blast to play and almost impossible to put down. League of Legends: Wild Rift manages to take virtually everything from League of Legends and recreates it on the smaller screen for tablets and phones. Surprisingly, almost nothing feels lost or left out when it comes to the tactics or the gameplay. You'll still build a squad from a roster of characters with hopefully complimentary skills and pit them against either computer controlled or player-controlled opponents, with the goal being to destroy the Nexus at the center of your rival's base. Interestingly, thanks to the smaller, condensed map layouts, gameplay tends to be much faster than its PC older brother. The longest a match will run is around 30 minutes, meaning that while your team can sometimes recover from a mistake and win a round, it'll take a lot of effort and accuracy to make a comeback. This is possible thanks to the incredibly responsive touchscreen controls of Wild Rift, which are amazingly strong considering the PC version of the game is anchored by its mouse and keyboard play. Everything is laid out in a clean, easy to use format that will get even the newest player up and contributing to their team's success within seconds.
Making sure that it's easy to learn is important, because Wild Rift is still incredibly difficult to master. Players have to know the ins and outs of their characters skills, as well as what their opponents might throw at them so they can counter or respond to strikes in the middle of battle. They also have to have rock solid aim, and respond within milliseconds. It's even worse when some of your teammates potentially abandon you in the middle of battle to pursue their own goals, possibly leaving weaker characters at the mercy of enemies that mow through them quickly without support. But thanks to the mobile format, there isn't a lot of space or time for people to complain or give newcomers grief about their mistakes, making it a much easier environment for them to learn and improve. Plus, the shorter nature of each round means that you'll be able to leap into more battles, learning what characters can do, which can help you develop strategies to succeed in future fights. If you've ever wondered what the fuss about League of Legends has been all about, or have been intimidated by these kind of eSports titles, try out Wild Rift – you'll be surprised how you'll want to keep playing round after round of this action-packed game.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the team-based aspect of League of Legends: Wild Rift. Do you enjoy cooperative games? Do you prefer to play with your friends or strangers?
What's the appeal of a multiplayer online battle arena game? Is it the "simple to learn, hard to master" gameplay? Is it the fast-paced action during matches? The strategy that changes from minute to minute?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 29, 2021
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Adventures, Misfits and Underdogs, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 3400.00 MB
- Publisher: Riot Games
- Version: 2.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or Later, Android 5.0 or later
- Last updated: April 7, 2021
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