Parents' Guide to

Mech Arena

By David Chapman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Mech shooter gets weighed down by heavy microtransactions.

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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 9 parent reviews

age 12+

Terrible game

You pretty much have to spend money to get anywhere in the game, hard to get any A coins and of course it's always needing A LOT to rank up anything. Same with cards to level/rank up bots and guns, once you aquire the gun you no longer get any cards for them. The new guns they are coming out with are ridiculously over powered. Tons of bugs in the game, after every update there's instantly new bugs that don't get fixed for a long time just for more bugs to happen after most recent update. If you play with friends or just the random teams you are paired with the opponents are way higher level than you, the matchmaking is garbage.
age 10+

Money pump

This game is a money pomp in disguise. Aristocrat, Plarium's owner, is a gambling machine company and this permeates the whole game: milking their users is their business: best mechs/weapons/pilots must be purchased and are expensive, and without the golden pass, you'll soon lack in-game coins needed to evolve your items. Moreover, most teammates and opponents are just bots, and the matchmaking is notably broken: being wiped off the map by much more powerful players/bots than you is quite common.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Mobile shooters have come a long way, with some even managing to do a good job of co-existing with their console brethren. On the surface, Mech Arena has the pieces to be a pretty good competitive shooter for mobile devices. The controls are accessible, the graphics run smooth, and there's plenty of content packed into its compact package. Unfortunately, once you dig a bit deeper, this futuristic robot battler seems more like its one step away from the scrapheap.

While the controls for the game are accessible and easy to use, the Mechs themselves often feel sluggish and clunky. Even the smaller and supposedly more agile Mechs move with all the grace of a car with four flat tires. Of course, since this is an issue across the board, at least everyone starts on an even playing field. Then again, the game's ridiculously expensive economy quickly turns things from a fair fight to a pay to win scenario. Players not only have to pay for new Mechs, weapons, and other upgrades, but once purchased, they have to pay in-game currency again just to equip what they have. And once players get past the beginning stages of the game, the price to improve takes a steep climb, while the currency earned through gameplay feels like a slow trickle. The game quickly becomes frustrating once players start finding themselves constantly outgunned and outmatched simply because they didn't have a big enough wallet to compete.

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