Might & Magic: Chess Royale

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David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Tactical fantasy game throws players in the deep end.

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Ease of Play

While individual battles play out automatically, there's still a lot for players to learn. Units have specific roles, factions, abilities, etc., and players have to plan a strategy with very little time. There are no tutorials and the instructions don't do an adequate job of explaining the gameplay.

Violence

The bulk of the game involves players' armies of fantasy creatures fighting each other. While there's a lot of violence involving medieval weapons and magic spells, it's mainly presented through flashy effects. There's no blood shown onscreen and defeated units simply vanish.

Sex

A few units, such as Dryads, have revealing character models. But there's no nudity and the scale of the game makes most details difficult to see anyway. 

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Consumerism

This is the latest game based on the classic Might and Magic game franchise.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Might & Magic: Chess Royale is a battle royale styled real-time action game available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. This is the latest game based around the long-running Might and Magic franchise. One hundred random players face off in fast-paced rounds of fantasy action, choosing and placing units before watching the results play out in automated combat. Although the game has players compete with other players, communication is limited to specific comments ("Well played", "Wow", etc.). Combat is central to the game, but is generally represented by flashy effects, with no blood or gore shown onscreen. Some female units have revealing character models, but the top-down camera perspective limits the detail that can be seen.

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What's it about?

MIGHT & MAGIC: CHESS ROYALE brings a unique new twist to the battle royale genre, challenging players to run the gauntlet and survive against ninety-nine other players in fast-paced, magic-fueled combat. You'll recruit and deploy classic characters and creatures from the Might & Magic universe, each with their own specific roles, factions, and special abilities. Players will have to keep an eye on the clock as they craft cunning strategies and synergies on the fly, hoping to gain an advantage on the battlefield. You'll watch the battles unfold automatically before your eyes, as luck and skill come together to determine the victor. Win, and you move on to the next opponent in the next round. Lose, and you're one step closer to complete elimination.

Is it any good?

Usually, when you think of a game of chess, you think of a tactical turn-based battle of wits between two opponents, with lots of strategy and forethought between calculated moves. Might & Magic: Chess Royale is nothing like that. The game's a frantic, chaotic speed tournament, pitting one hundred players against each other in battles that are just as much about pure luck as they are about any kind of skill or strategy. But before that, you've first got to figure out just what the heck is going on.

Even though battles in Might & Magic: Chess Royale are automated, players are still responsible for things like selecting and placing units, picking up magic spells to cast, and using things like synergies to boost their army's chances ... all within the thirty-five second pre-match setup. Unfortunately, there's no tutorial of any kind and the "Game Guide" instructions are awkward, vague, and incomplete. Eventually, new players can sort of pick up on loose strategies to use, but until then, winning and losing feels more like a coin toss. It's a shame too, because there's fun to be had in the game if you're willing to invest a lot of time and effort into the nuances of the units. But without a little help to get the ball rolling, many players will lose their initial interest faster than it takes to finish one tournament.

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