Oz: Broken Kingdom

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Created for entertainment and not intended for learning.

Ease of Play

Combat is simple; strategy takes skill.

Violence

Progress means fighting, but combat is bloodless and unrealistic.

Sex

One or two bustier-wearing female characters.

Language

Occasional use of "hell" or "damn."

Consumerism

It's possible to play without spending money, but buying items makes progress easier. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Oz: Broken Kingdom is a free-to-play, combat-focused role-playing game based on L. Frank Baum's popular Oz books. It's set in a darker version of Oz where evil goes far beyond one cackling wicked witch and where a rising darkness threatens to destroy the kingdom's many lands and races. Though it's somewhat true to the original book's tone, things progress via bloodless, turn-based combat, there are some bustier-wearing witches, and characters occasionally say "hell" or "damn." Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

OZ: BROKEN KINGDOM is a dark fantasy set in the magical land of Oz. Having been freed from the Wicked Witches of both East and West, the people of Oz are living happily until a sudden darkness appears, threatening to engulf their newfound peace. After the Wizard and Dorothy depart, a new stranger arrives to save the Land of Oz: a young girl named Ophelia Shen. With the help of Dorothy's old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion, Ophelia fights her way through enemies to the heart of the mysterious darkness. Along the way, she and her allies explore Oz, save strange characters from harm, and build a collection of unique and powerful attacks. Experience points and a substance called Essence let you upgrade as you go, and you can move things along by making in-app purchases instead of waiting to earn what you need.

Is it any good?

Oz is the perfect setting for a fantasy adventure, and this one truly delivers despite the frequent opportunities to spend money. Oz: Broken Kingdom goes well beyond the Wizard of Oz to include characters from the other Oz books like Ozma, the Nome King, and the Shaggy Man. The graphics and sound are amazing, and the slyly humorous writing manages to be modern without losing authenticity. It's good fun to collect each hero's abilities and even more fun finding the best mix of them to win battles. Though it speeds progress to buy the items you need, it's totally possible to play using patience alone. Along with the colorful story campaign, an online versus mode gives you the chance to test your skills and earn rewards like keys to hidden areas and magical coins that grant cool rewards. Fighting, upgrading, gem crafting, and exploring -- this Broken Kingdom has so much to offer, you might forget you're playing a free-to-play game.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about different representations of the Oz books in the media, including Oz: Broken Kingdom. How faithful are these representations, and in what ways do they differ?

  • Discuss female fantasy heroes like The Wizard of Oz's Dorothy Gale. How many female heroes can you name? Which is your favorite, and why?

  • Discuss in-app purchases and your rules around them. Are you allowed to buy items in the game? Can you keep playing without buying anything?

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