A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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 & Scariness
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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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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.
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