Mobile Strike

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Another base-builder with familiar pay-or-wait formula.

Parents say

age 16+
Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Tap controls are simple, but successful play depends on managing a large array of resources, upgrades, and units. Spending money to speed up timers is also key.

Violence

Point of the game is to build up a base and then wage war on other players, but combat is completely abstract and is represented simply by icons moving across a map.

Sex
Language

Language is dependent on in-game chat: Trash-talking such as "Get ready to lose, bitches!" is common.

Consumerism

Full-page advertisements start every game, and players are constantly reminded during gameplay to spend money on gold to speed up timers.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mobile Strike is a free-to-play game that constantly encourages players to spend money and has been advertised in TV commercials featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger's likeness. Gameplay consists of building and upgrading a military base by performing actions that happen in real time. Currency is used to speed up these actions, and players who spend real-world money on in-game currency have a decided advantage. The game features an alliance system and unfiltered in-game chat that contains player-generated content, including frequent trash-talking that can contain profanity. In addition to this, players can send one another private messages and Web links and can post on one another's profiles on message boards. The privacy policy indicates that the game's communication features allow players to communicate and share comments, private messages, and Web links.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySusie9977 March 4, 2020

Run by Scammers & Thieves

This is not a game. You will spend your time building and spending money daily otherwise you can't do anything. By the time you buy a false advertising sa... Continue reading
Adult Written byMommaboss September 16, 2019

Run Away

Run as far away from this game as you can. If you dont have thousands of dollars to spend on it. All this game is is a money pit. I'd rather spend my money... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2018

Money pit heaven

Really there are Advertisements about this "new deal" With these packs or resources that contain this stuff that easily gets outdated within the next... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old November 28, 2016

GOOD GAME!!!

nothing to worry about there mite be some violence but i think its like boon beach

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?

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