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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?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: September 15, 2016
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 832.00 MB
- Version: 1.4.11
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: February 28, 2020
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