Mini Empires Plus




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

What parents need to know

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. 


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.

Not applicable
Not applicable

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
Not applicable

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

  • strategy

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.

Learning Approach

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 kids can learn


Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

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. 

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
Release date:September 22, 2012
Category:Simulation Games
Size:28.50 MB
Publisher:Midverse Studios
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

This review of Mini Empires Plus was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

  • One of the best tower-defense games gets even better.
  • Tower defense game breaks mold with heavy focus on strategy.
  • Well-done pirate app most appropriate for teens and up.

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide