A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
MOBILE STRIKE's story isn't apparent within the game, but online trailers for the game (starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a high-level commander) offer more in the way of justification. New players are thrown into an extended tutorial that indicates the need to build up a military base in preparation for being attacked and for waging war on other bases. As in other, similar games such as Game of War and DomiNations, players gather resources, build, and fight; sometimes players have to wait for a task to finish before moving on but can pay real money to speed things up and get more stuff. In cooperation with other players, you can launch attacks on bases, though no graphic violence is shown.
Is it any good?
Though kids do have to strategize a bit, this is less a game than a repetitive round of "tap and wait" and plays just like all the others of its kind. After a long tutorial that walks players through building and upgrading a range of military structures and buying premium currency from the in-game store, there's no narrative or explanation of the setting. The term "game" applies very loosely here, since all a player does is tap buttons, wait for timers to count down, and stare at static map icons. As a strategy game, it does offer some degree of planning by making your success depend on how efficiently you collect and use resources, but the payoff -- in terms of satisfying visual effects -- is small. Post-battle, your only reward is a results screen that dryly reports the resources you've gained or the troops you've lost. Truth be told, the most entertaining aspect of the game is monitoring the player chat, which is a constant stream of silliness and trash talk. The game has strategy alright -- a strategy for separating gamers from their money.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the chat feature and the risks of chatting with strangers online. Though the chat is focused on the game, if someone were to ask for personal information, what should you do? How do you report someone who is abusing the system?
Talk about remotely waged war. Modern warfare is often fought with distance-based weapons such as missiles and drones. Do you think that makes it easier for soldiers to kill? If so, is that a good thing?
Discuss pay-to-play games. Does it seem right for free-to-play games to give paying players an advantage?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (heavy on the "optional" in-game purchases.)
- Release date: January 20, 2016
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Adventures
- Size: 89.40 MB
- Publisher: Epic War LLC
- Version: 3.10.366
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: February 28, 2020
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