Noblemen: 1896

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Aimless strategy game will ultimately frustrate players.

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Ease of Play

Like any strategy game, there are challenges, but the menu and combat system here are overly complicated. 

Violence

Much of the game revolves around battlefield conflicts, with variety of guns, other weapons. Damage to player is represented in bloodred tinge to screen. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Pushes in-app purchases fairly aggressively, players occasionally have to watch ads to continue. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Noblemen: 1896 is an action/strategy game that takes place in an alternate U.S. history. The game blends turn-of-the-century warfare and steampunk sensibilities to tell the story of a country at war. That means there's lots of violence, though it's not especially graphic. Players are encouraged to make in-app purchases and are forced to watch ads occasionally, but there's no sexuality, drugs, or alcohol. To understand more about what the game's publisher does with users' personal information, be sure to read the privacy policy

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Teen, 15 years old Written byEntertainMeDammit April 18, 2018

Great strategy-oriented game

I'll start by saying that this game is really clever. Here, you are the commander of a division of the United States army. You're job is to take as mu... Continue reading

What's it about?

Set in an alternate 1896, NOBLEMEN: 1896 envisions an America where 70% of the population is dead from a plague. This led to a power vacuum and ultimately to civil war. You'll lead the fight against oppressors in a series of battles, where you'll fight and control troops simultaneously. Can you defeat your enemies and save the country? The game blends two player perspectives. You'll assume a third-person view as you rush into battle alongside troops to fight enemies in large, sprawling fields. There's also a top-down tactical view that's used between fights, where you make sure that troops are supplied and that nodes stay under your control. 

Is it any good?

Strategy games, especially those of the duck and cover variety, don't have a good history on mobile devices, and sadly, this one doesn't do anything to break that cycle. Noblemen: 1896 seems to suffer from a dual personality. It wants to be a tactical strategy game, but it also wants to be Gears of War. It wants to have a Civil War vibe, but it also wants giant guns that blow up enemy bases. It wants to give players control, but it also offers a hands-off play mode. The problem is that nothing works especially well (including the graphics, which are underwhelming). It's also way too easy to get turned around and run away from the action instead of toward it. By trying to be so many things to so many people, it ends up a jumbled mess with overly complicated on-screen controls and uninspiring gameplay.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the importance of having a plan and being prepared to change it if necessary. Why is it vital to always be prepared?

  • Talk about the importance of hard work to achieve a goal (such as saving in-game currency). Why is it better to work toward a goal than to take the easy road, like using in-app purchases to get an advantage? 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: November 3, 2017
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 1000.00 MB
  • Publisher: Foursaken Media
  • Version: 1.2.1
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.3 and up

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