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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?
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