What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mini Empires Plus is a strategy game that pits players against each other in combat, as they build out their base on their own. The game is quite aggressive in pushing in-app purchases, which can be fairly expensive, though if you are patient, you can play without purchasing any of them. A few major losses on the battlefield, though, and those upgrades become very tempting. While players compete with strangers, there's no communication possible before, during, or after the battle.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Has a lot of depth, but's a slow game -- unless you're willing to cash in resources (and pay for in-app purchases). A lackluster tutorial and very crowded screen could quickly confuse kids.
This is a fun way to exercise strategic thinking. Some of the concepts kids get exposure too can be translated to their real life -- like patience and the importance of thinking ahead.
Has a lackluster tutorial. Players compete against other live players, but are not able to chat or communicate.
What's it about?
The game consists of two parts: Base construction and combat. With construction, players build and upgrade their headquarters to make troops and weapons. Building an army costs money, so resource gathering is also important (and slow). As bases are built, they can be upgraded to later ages in time, for more advanced weaponry. In battle, players compete against strangers, choosing to fight with land, sea, or air forces. Battle is turn-based, with each army taking shots at the other until someone wins, loses, or retreats.
Is it any good?
Turn-based strategy games aren't for everyone -- and Mini Empires Plus falls in line with that line of thinking. The game has a lot of depth, letting players progress through ages of time and simplistic but satisfying battles. It's a slow game, though, when you're building a base unless you're willing to cash in resources to hurry things along. To nudge you in that direction, the game aggressively touts in-app purchases -- to an annoying degree.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to play other games that teach them to be forward-thinking, such as chess.
Suggest that kids focus on the construction elements rather than rushing into battle.