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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Overloot is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content. While players do kill monsters and other people with swords and similarly sharp objects, there's no blood or gore, because the visuals in the game are rather cartoony. It also has a focus on progress by ads or paid transactions: When you die, you can keep going by spending in-game currency or by watching ads. Said currency can also be earned by playing, or bought with real money.
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What's it about?
In OVERLOOT, a brave warrior is looking for adventure ... and the sweet, sweet loot he might find along the way. But when you annoy the evil king by correcting his grammar, he destroys the village of Lootopia. It's up to you to help rebuild it ... by finding the aforementioned sweet, sweet loot. To do this, you have to get into a series of battles with various monsters using the weapons and armor you, well, looted off your previous enemies.
Is it any good?
Some games are so simple that they end up being stupid -- a problem that plagues this arcade game. In Overloot, you have to fight monsters and bad people so that you can fix the village that the evil king trashed. To do this, your character runs until he finds an enemy, and then they start fighting -- but, and this is key, with little help from you. You don't tell him to swing or to block, you just tell him which weapon to use and what armor to wear. You also have to be mindful of your inventory. Not only do you have to hand your warrior new weapons and armor when he needs them, and hamburgers when he's low on health, but because he's constantly getting new weapons and armor from beating his enemies, you have to combine items of the same kind together both to make room in your inventory and to make better versions of these items.
Now, the "challenge" (and that word is used loosely) is that weapons and armor are badly made, and fall apart quickly, so you're constantly fiddling with the inventory. Also, because you don't control the warrior -- he just swings until his enemy has been vanquished (or until he has) -- winning a fight isn't about skill or strategy, but perseverance. Since you can always keep going by spending gems, and you can always buy gems in the in-game store with real money, you can basically pay your way to victory. Which is why Overloot isn't overly interesting.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about managing money. Players can earn in-game currency in Overloot by playing, or they can purchase packs of it with real money. How do you decide when to spend money on a free game? How much is too much?
Players can also earn in-game currency in Overloot by watching ads, and can keep playing when they die by watching them as well. Why do you think game developers do this? Do you think this game has too many ads?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Price: free with ads and microtransactions
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: September 11, 2020
- Category: Arcade Games
- Topics: Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 573.90 MB
- Publisher: WHAT (games)
- Version: 1.2.4
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up
- Last updated: September 9, 2021
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