Mini Empires Plus

Common Sense Media says

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

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

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. 

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.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Players compete against other live players, but do not exchange any personal information and are not able to chat or communicate with those opponents. 

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

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

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.

Support

Has a lackluster tutorial. Players compete against other live players, but are not able to chat or communicate.

What kids can learn

Skills

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?

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
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

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.

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

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.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

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

Digital Compass