Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun but easy fantasy combat game lacks challenging play.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence

Though characters use swords, arrows, and magic to attack magical creatures, cartoony visuals means there's no blood or gore.

Sex

Has a reference to "ménage a trois," but it's more jokey than sexual. 

Language
Consumerism

Players can earn in-game currency by playing or spending real money., which is then used to buy new characters, improve stats, or to keep playing.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians is a cartoony action game for Android and iOS devices. The gameplay is safe for most ages, but its complexity may only appeal to teens and pre-teens. While it has characters using swords, arrows, and magic to attack magical people and creatures, these attacks never result in any bloodshed, gore, or dismemberment. Otherwise, there's no cursing, sex, or other inappropriate content, save for one reference to "ménage a trois" that's more jokey than sexual. Players can earn or buy in-game currency, which is then used to improve characters, buy new ones, or keep playing. Read the app's privacy policy in the "Connect" section of the options menu on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In MIGHT & MAGIC: ELEMENTAL GUARDIANS, players attend a magic school to learn combat skills. In other words, it's like Harry Potter if Hogwarts had a self-defense curriculum. Along the way, you'll lead a team of magical creatures into battle against, well, other magical creatures, including a rather large dragon who seems like he could just eat your warriors like potato chips, but instead gets bored and wanders off for some reason. As for the action, here you take turns using a combination of ranged weapons, melee attack, and magic, while occasionally opting to heal your teammates.

Is it any good?

While this fantasy combat game has some good ideas, followers of older games in this series might find it too cartoony, while lovers of similar action games will find it too easy. In Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, players lead a group of magical creatures through combat trials at a Hogwarts-like school. But while this may engage younger fans of fantasy tales, older ones will probably get bored. For starters, fans of earlier Might & Magic games will lament the cartoony look and simplistic approach of this turn-based combat game. Similarly, people really into this kind of game will get annoyed you're told whether your attacks will work well, badly, or just normally, with an auto play function for those who are really lazy. Also, if you're looking for hands-on action, this game's turn-based combat won't engage you for long. Still, despite these problems, this can be a fun strategic action game if you don't mind the simplicity and the politeness of taking turns. Elemental Guardians has a wide variety of characters, each with unique attacks and abilities, and there's many ways you can upgrade and customize them as well. The story also does a good job of motivating you to keep going, as do the game's anime/manga-inspired visuals. Plus, Elemental Guardians also isn't as overtly greedy as some similar games that continually badger you for money. Which is why, if you're new to this series or this kind of game, or are looking for something that isn't so challenging, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians may be the final exam from Combat 101 you've been looking for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Does it make you feel differently that when you hit someone with a sword in Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, there's no blood? And do you feel differently about hitting a dragon instead of a human?

  • While you can earn currency by playing, you can also spend real money to get more of it, but how do you determine when to spend some money and when to just keep playing so you can earn some?

  • In Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians, you can hit a button and watch the game play itself, but do you see a reason why someone might want to do this?

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