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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos is a fantasy-based mobile strategy game available for download on iOS and Android devices. Players recruit and train units to battle through a series of story-based missions and player versus player online matches. The game uses a cartoonish style for the bulk of its visuals, though there's still some occasional blood shown onscreen. Many of the female characters are also presented in a suggestive way in the game's artwork. While a fair amount of progress can be made without spending any money, the game does still heavily push and promote a number of possible in-game purchase to help.
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What's it about?
In MIGHT & MAGIC HEROES: ERA OF CHAOS, the Kingdom of Erathia has been torn apart by the ravages of war. The legendary Queen Catherine Ironfist has set out on a personal quest to rebuild the realm, restoring the people to a time of peace. To do so, though, Catherine must first fight back the forces of darkness that have long plagued the kingdom. Despite her great power and cunning, the Queen can't do it alone. It's up to you to help craft a powerful army, recruiting warriors of all types to Catherine's mission to save Erathia. You'll assemble legendary heroes, summon magical creatures, and build a force to be reckoned with. Next, you'll charge into battle and reclaim the lands that had been lost in war. Then, you'll test your mettle against the armies of others in online battles and earn your place among the greatest of the Might & Magic Heroes.
Is it any good?
For more than three decades, the Might & Magic franchise has built a legacy of fantasy adventures, with no shortage of main games and splintered spinoffs. Might & Magic Heroes: Era of Chaos is the series' latest foray into the mobile market, spinning out of the Heroes of Might & Magic universe. The story's a loose retelling of the events from Heroes of Might and Magic III, though the gameplay is something completely different. Instead of diving deep and giving players a hands-on approach to the action, Era of Chaos takes a much more distinctly hands-off stance, leaving players to do all the obligatory maintenance work while it has all the fun on the battlefield.
There's technically no shortage of things to do in Era of Chaos, it's just that nothing feels like it has much substance in terms of gameplay. You're responsible for recruiting new units to your army, leveling them up, setting up their formation position, and … well … that's just about it. Once the combat portion begins, the computer takes control of both sides of the battlefield, leaving you with nothing to do except triggering where and when to cast spells. This is even more frustrating when one of the only actions you can take, building the formations before battle, collapses before your eyes because a group in your army decides to break ranks and attack somewhere else. Overall, the game looks good and has an interesting story, but it just feels like it would much rather play itself than get the player involved in the experience.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Might & Magic: Era of Chaos affected by the cartoonish presentation of the game? Would the violence be intensified if the visuals were more realistic?
How important can things like tutorials be in learning to play a new game? Is it better to have a game walk you through the basics, or do you prefer to learn on your own?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 26, 2019
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 201.30 MB
- Publisher: Ubisoft
- Version: 1.0.107
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or higher; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: November 26, 2019
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