Mad Rocket: Fog of War

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Snappy sci-fi strategy pushes timers and purchases.

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Ease of Play

The controls and rules for the game are simple, but the included timers slow progression.

Violence & Scariness

Fantasy violence shows mostly buildings and vehicles being destroyed; human characters simply vanish when defeated.

Sexy Stuff

It's possible to play for free, but progress is faster with purchases. In-app purchases are frequently pushed in the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mad Rocket: Fog of War is a free-to-play sci-fi action strategy game with elements of base-building. Combat is the focus of the game -- with players attacking AI and online opponents -- but combat is cartoony and features mostly building destruction. Though multiplayer isn't real-time, players who join clans can use text chat to communicate. Players can record gameplay and broadcast live from inside the app. Free play is possible, but in-app purchases speed things up, and the app pushes the in-app store. 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?

MAD ROCKET: FOG OF WAR is a freemium sci-fi action strategy game where players join a war for control of a special ore called Eternium. After building and upgrading their own bases, players choose their weapon loadouts and invade enemy bases covered in fog. From an aerial view, players have 90 seconds to deploy troops, aircraft, and missiles, explore the enemy base, and destroy as much of it as they can. Successfully completed battles reward players with gold, fuel, and Eternium, with which they can further upgrade their bases and troops. Campaign mode takes players through a sci-fi storyline where they defend a series of floating islands from a resource-stealing villain called Captain Barc, while Multiplayer mode lets them test their combat upgrades and base defenses against other players online. Clan mode lets players join forces online with groups of players to complete weekly missions and earn greater rewards.

Is it any good?

In the tradition of popular apps like Clash Royale and Lords Mobile, this action strategy app lets you test your base-building and loadout-making skills against other players and AI. Mad Rocket: Fog of War features the same cartoon art appeal and fun bloodless combat as its blockbuster brethren; sadly though, it also contains those apps' time- and money-consuming drawbacks. The story's pretty thin, but that's OK since for most players of these games, it's beside the point. Kooky characters introduce you to the game's how-tos, and a list of missions helps you earn gold and resources, as well as your stripes as a military commander. Over time, new units and structures unlock, which can be used to customize your base. A handy base editor lets you rearrange your base any time you want, which is good since your novice setups will likely be decimated by more skilled players. (Note: Multiplayer here isn't multiplayer in the strictest sense; it's you against another player's base, not against his/her army.)

Base customization is definitely satisfying, but combat is just as good. Thanks to nice graphics and sound effects, it's fun to watch, and the fog of war makes every map layout a surprise. Better still, the tension stays high thanks to the 90-second battle timer. Beyond these things, the nonconfrontational approach to multiplayer makes earning Season rewards fun (Seasons are one-month time frames in which players are ranked according to wins/losses), and clan wars are a fun way to bond online with friends. If the app suffers from any flaws, it's sloppy presentation (game text typos abound) and what might be called "timer-itis." As with many similar base-building games, the biggest challenge is waiting for your upgrades to complete. Timers may be the way free-to-play games make money, but that doesn't make them any less irritating. Even with these bothersome issues, Mad Rocket: Fog of War is a fun, rewarding strategy game that the competitive mobile gamers in your family should enjoy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about joining gaming clans. Do your kids' clan commitments interfere too much with real life? Can setting screen limits ensure that there's balance between online play and real life?

  • Are you willing to wait for things you want, or do you prefer to take shortcuts? What are the pros and cons to each option?

  • Think about using strategic thinking in real life. Do your kids know how to plan for success in things other than games?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases.)
  • Release date: October 31, 2018
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 247.00 MB
  • Publisher: FourThirtyThreeInc.
  • Version: 1.17.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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