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League of Wonderland

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Thought-provoking game can feel like information overload.

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn about strategy, logic, and time management when playing. They'll also get to flex their decision-making abilities, including making tactical choices under pressure, and they'll need to utilize time management skills. The app also provides some reading and basic math practice through its instructions, and by keeping track of the coins, points, and cards kids earn -- which is probably League of Wonderland's most academic-oriented benefit. Kids will also learn to work toward both immediate and more long-term goals when playing.

Ease of Play

A thorough tutorial precedes gameplay, and players can access a detailed help section. The character aspects are fairly complex, though, which can make playing challenging.

Violence & Scariness

Kids battle various opponents, but no visible blood is drawn.

 

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Consumerism

The app is free to use; kids can purchase additional items, such as crystals that open card packs immediately, from the app's Shop section for $0.99-$89.99.

 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that League of Wonderland is a strategy game for iOS and Android devices. Players will see explicit instructions, but the game's fairly nuanced, so they may need to study character descriptions and other materials when playing. They'll fight brief battles with other characters, but no actual gore is shown. Characters disappear in a poof of smoke when they're defeated. Players can make in-app purchases that will help ease gameplay, but the offers aren't heavily promoted. In early levels, players can chat with other players using pre-determined phrases; if they join a team once they advance enough to unlock that ability, the chat capability seems to be less structured -- Sega support materials warn users that posting personal information could lead to an account suspension. Once players reach the second level, they can also use an AR option to view other matches, although they may find the traditional graphics offer a better viewing experience.

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What's it about?

Players send warriors with specific traits into two-minute battles in LEAGUE OF WONDERLAND. Some are based on well-known fairy tale, historical, and other characters, such as King Arthur. Players win by protecting their three towers or destroying two of their opponent's, and then get cards with characters they can use in battle and gold that helps them level up. Points earned can also help them reach a higher league. Tied matches go into overtime and can be declared a draw after a minute.

Is it any good?

While this game can be visually striking and tests your strategy skills, the ton of choices frequently presented can feel a little overwhelming at times. The developers of League of Wonderland have made a notable effort to help users learn how to play by providing an extremely detailed tutorial on the game's structure, with tips on how to be victorious. But it's a lot of reading to get through -- and a lot of information to absorb before playing. Players will likely need to study the character cards in their deck to find out what each one can do and how their strengths pair with other characters' skills. Card Swordsmen, for example, will be shot down before they get close to characters that are at a long-range distance -- yet swordsmen move as a group and attack at the same time, so they can be effective when paired with solo characters like a Giant Ogre, which only goes after towers and buildings.

Even if players view character information carefully, with so many factors to consider, trying to recall which ones have which characteristics during battles can be confusing, and the challenges move quickly. Players can build decks ahead of time that contain creatures with seemingly helpful skills, but even with careful planning, they may find they're waiting for character cards to reload. There's often a delay before they can be put into battle, which makes decisions even more difficult. The app has a help section gamers can refer to for some assistance in between games, and they may be able to figure out the ideal approach through trial and error. But the experience could be somewhat overwhelming for younger players, though -- and teens will probably need to prepare to invest some time to fully understand how to play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Is the impact of the violence in League of Wonderland affected by the unrealistic combat that you engage in during play? Does fighting mythical creatures and other characters seems less violent than battling other people? If so, why does it feel that way?

  • When have you mentally multitasked recently in real life, and what was most challenging about it? Is it something you like doing? Is it easier for you or harder to do than other things?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
    Math: addition, subtraction
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, deduction, logic, problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
    Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: December 8, 2019
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 160.00 MB
  • Publisher: SEGA
  • Version: 1.2.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires Android 6.0 and up or iOS 11.0 or later.
  • Last updated: December 13, 2019

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