Neuroshima Hex

Common Sense Media says

Complex, nuanced board game app requires strategy, focus.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This game is based on the complex and highly nuanced Neuroshima Hex board game. Players will need to be familiar with the board game to be able to jump right into the action. Those who are not will face a steep learning curve before they can appreciate the high level of strategy required to excel in the game. Players can choose from between three difficulty levels for their computer opponents.

Violence

The goal of this game is for players to knock out their opponents' armed troops. However, everything is presented in the form of a tabletop board game -- that is, instead of shooting or attacking characters, board game tokens move around and are taken out of play when they are defeated. The word "Battle!" frequently appears on the screen, and there are images of people holding guns and of environmental destruction, but there is no interactive violence.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can buy new boards with in-app purchases.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

In one still image, a character is depicted holding a lighter with a cigarette in his mouth.

Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Neuroshima Hex is based on the acclaimed board game of the same name. There is some heavy imagery in the app, including a man lighting a cigarette and soldiers wielding machine guns, but the actual content of the game is presented as a board game. That is, players place tiles on a hexagonal board and try to strategize their way to victory. There is no interactive violence. Parents should also know that the game will appeal most to players who are familiar with the board game or who like complex strategy games. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension

Math

  • statistics

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

What Kids Can Learn

Neuroshima Hex wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. The app, like the board game, gives kids opportunities to apply complex information while strategizing the best way to defeat enemy armies. While the Neuroshima Hex app encourages rigorous thought, it is not an ideal way for kids to learn useful life skills.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading comprehension

Math

  • statistics

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • applying information
  • decision-making
  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships
  • strategy

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Neuroshima Hex wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. The app, like the board game, gives kids opportunities to apply complex information while strategizing the best way to defeat enemy armies. While the Neuroshima Hex app encourages rigorous thought, it is not an ideal way for kids to learn useful life skills.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

After reading through the seven page manual including a post-apocalypse scenario, kids start a new game with the computer (\"AI\"). On their turn, kids draw and place headquarters, fighting units, and module tiles, and can initiate battles with action tiles. When a battle begins, the properties of each tile go into effect in four initiative phases. When all the tiles have been drawn, the winner is the one with the fewest hits on their headquarters. Kids can refer to online tutorials for basics and strategy.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

NEUROSHIMA HEX is not for everyone. It requires players to be focused, engaged, and able to quickly adjust strategies based on the pace of the game. For those players who fit that description, it is a highly intriguing and easily addicting experience. Anyone who has already played the Neuroshima Hex board game will find this to be a faithful recreation. In short, while some players will find this title to be boring or uninteresting, those who have a mind for complex combat strategies or are willing to dig into the deep nuances offered in this game will come away satisfied.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$2.99-$4.99
Release date:October 16, 2012
Category:Board Games
Size:233.00 MB
Publisher:Big Daddy's Creations
Version:2.3.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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