A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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