A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Characters use swords, arrows, and magic to attack magical creatures. Cartoony visuals means there's no blood or gore.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Reference to "ménage a trois" is more jokey than sexual.
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Products & Purchases
Players can earn in-game currency by playing or spending real money, which is then used to buy new characters, improve stats, or keep playing.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
While this fantasy combat game has some good ideas, followers of previous games in the series might find it too cartoony, while lovers of similar action games will find it too easy. While the Hogwarts-like setting and magical creatures might engage younger fans of fantasy tales, older kids 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 who are really into this kind of game will get annoyed by being told that their attacks will work well, badly, or just normally (there's 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, Elemental Guardians can be a fun if you don't mind the simplicity and the politeness of taking turns. It offers a wide variety of characters, each with unique attacks and abilities, and there are many ways to upgrade and customize them. 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 isn't as overtly greedy as similar games that continually badger you for money. Which is why, if you're new to this series/this kind of game or you're looking for something that isn't overly challenging, Might & Magic: Elemental Guardians might be the final exam from Combat 101 you've been looking for.
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