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What's it about?
NARUTO X BORUTO NINJA VOLTAGE is a light, somewhat automated action role-playing game with strategy and collectible card elements. Players collect "shinobi," or hero cards, and upgrade them with currencies earned in game. Equipment, attacks, and abilities can also be collected and upgraded. A story mode takes players through aspects of the Naruto series' saga; players familiar with the series are bound to have a better understanding of events. In addition to engaging in combat, players maintain and upgrade a village by collecting resources, and are given a fortress to manage. The latter can be attacked by other players and resources can be stolen if they're not properly defended. The energy model and resource gathering allow only a limited amount of gameplay without spending money in the in-game store.
Is it any good?
This is a fun, family-friendly time-killer if mobile's all you have, but it suffers by comparison to Naruto games on console with its resource and energy limitations. Sure, in Naruto X Boruto Ninja Voltage, there are aspects of the sprawling, quirky Naruto universe. Much of this is shown through numerous obscure story references and the fun frog-themed Summoning mechanism, but if you're unfamiliar with the Naruto saga, you could be confused by events. Also, there's a good amount of repetition built into the story mode, and the app's solution to it is an Autoplay button that lets you stare slack-jawed while the game plays itself. Because of that, there's little sense of accomplishment in progressing through, since it's mostly tapping buttons and watching the numbers tick up.
On the upside, combat is fun if you take the time to do it yourself, and hero collecting and upgrading is seriously complex. The latter requires equipping your heroes, choosing their abilities, "awakening" them, evolving them -- role-playing fans will likely have a ball. Special limited-time events give you the chance to earn special heroes and resources, and multiplayer co-op missions let you take on bigger enemies with three other players. Finally, the app is quite beautiful, and the graphics and sound do justice to both previous Naruto games and the Naruto anime. All told, this is a solid means of whetting your Naruto appetite, but for real satisfaction, you'll have to go back to your console.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games like Naruto X Boruto Ninja Voltage. Do you enjoy games where players can attack one another and take each other's items? Why or why not? Is the violence acceptable in this app because it's not as visually realistic as other games?
Discuss cartoon/game tie-ins. Do you think it's important to know about the original to enjoy related products?
Think about games that use the time energy model. Do you think it's good for games to have built-in time limits?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: November 22, 2017
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship
- Size: 132.10 MB
- Publisher: BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
- Version: 1.13
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: February 16, 2020
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