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Mini Empires Plus

A lot of depth in strategy game; heavy in-app purchase push.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn the importance of patience and thinking ahead as they decide which forces to build out in between battles. They'll also have to decide where to focus their resource gathering, which is important in long-term planning. While Mini Empires isn't focused on learning, kids can pick up small lessons on strategy and the value of patience.

Ease of play

There's a lot to take in here -- and the game can be intimidating for people who aren't familiar with the strategy genre. A bare-bones tutorial doesn't do much to make it more inviting. 

Violence

The game includes frequent combat, where planes, ships, and troops battle each other, but it's done in a turn-based simulation method, meaning damage is reflected only in a declining health number associated with regiments. When they're hit, there's a small explosion. There's no blood or signs of anguish, however.

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Consumerism

The game is extraordinarily aggressive in pitching in-app purchases. While it's possible to accomplish your goals by waiting and slowly building up coins, it takes an incredible amount of patience or luck on the battlefield, where you win coins or gems for successful engagements. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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. 

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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?

QUALITY

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. 

Fans of the genre may like the Farmville meets Civilization fusion, but it's not a title for people new to strategy. A lackluster tutorial and very crowded screen could quickly confuse people. 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Price:$.99
Release date:September 22, 2012
Category:Simulation Games
Size:28.50 MB
Publisher:Midverse Studios
Version:1.4.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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