Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim

Common Sense Media says

Well-done strategy app with dubious politics, some violence.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a learning curve involved in mastering the game's heavily menu-based controls, and occasionally awkward English results in vague instructions like "Press the button near the house icon on the popped up castle screen," but the game becomes easily played with practice. There are three difficulty levels.

Violence

Your troops battle enemies one-on-one using melee weapons, bows, and magic attacks. The graphics are cartoonish but when a unit dies it shrieks and collapses in a pool of blood. The third of three difficulty modes, Bloodthirsty, is represented by an icon showing a soldier with blood dripping from its chin.

Sex

The female harpy enemies have low-cut tops, and there is a reference to polygamy in the story.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can follow a link from the main menu to view other games available for purchase by the publisher.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There is a reference to ale in the narrative.

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt into YOUCRAFT, an online community that allows users to upload and view high scores globally, connect with friends, and share custom-made levels. The registration process includes sharing an email address and phone number.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Majesty: The Fantasy Kingdom Sim is a strategy game where you, as the newly minted king of the realm, construct buildings and raise armies to deal with a slew of unorthodox problems. There is some violent content, with cartoonish graphics, blood, and shrieks. There's little objectionable content otherwise; however, the scenarios reflect a cynical kind of diplomacy that will be lost on younger players. Missions include killing elves who are protesting the construction of a royal hunting ground in their sacred forest, and destroying harpies as punishment for taking hostages to protest discrimination against women.

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MAJESTY is unique in that heroes are not directly under the player's control. Left to their own devices, they explore, attack, and even purchase items autonomously while you construct buildings that unlock new units and upgrades, and help out with godly powers like the ability to summon lightning or reveal new parts of the map. Players can issue specific "go here," "attack that" commands only if they pay to set up bounties -- the higher the price, the more heroes are likely to pay attention. Players face a different set of conditions in each level (such as temples not being available due to a religious holiday, or elves and dwarves too busy fighting each other to help out), which prevents gameplay from ever becoming stale. MAJESTY is a fun and nuanced strategy game that is best suited for slightly older players.

App details

Device:Android
Price:$3.30
Release date:April 28, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:HeroCraft Ltd
Version:1.8.3
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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