Parents' Guide to

Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Complex strategy game/movie tie-in sells pirate way of life.

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What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 18+

RIP off

Please don’t go near this game. It’s full of traps and scams to eat up your money. Nothing is for free and this game will empty your bank account with eating up time and resources to get to the next futile level. Minuscule rewards give the impression of progress which makes little sense, but for the first few weeks it will suck you in and get you hooked with free rubbish! There is a constant stream of extras that you are curious to explore and feel like you are doing great, but in fact you are not! So get the credit card shredded before you go near this. Disney doesn’t give a dam! The programmers don’t speak English and complaining is extremely exasperating! JOYCITY should be renamed scamcity As you can see here, the game is disappointingly full off Different cheats for pc users and phone users that are designed to ruins the game for average users. I only came to this game to avoid reading the Covid19 chaos everywhere!

This title has:

Too much consumerism
age 18+

Greed and Extortion

This is the definition of pay to win.. Uodates are centered around sucking out as much money as they can. Than they will extort more money by hajacking your account. Worst kind of game ran by the worse kind on developers..

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (6):
Kids say (1):

App gamers have learned to keep expectations low with movie tie-ins, but this movie-based app is more than an alternate revenue stream. For one thing, it offers a ton to do and doesn't make you pull out your wallet to enjoy it. For another, it does a great job of explaining initial gameplay concepts, helping you gain mastery over them and then introducing new ones.

The app is surprisingly sophisticated. What's most impressive is how it eases you into each new activity, making what could be a barrage of complicated information into a rising wave that's fun to ride. Between researching; upgrading ships, buildings, and equipment; crafting items; and hunting monsters or rival pirates, you could be easily lost or overwhelmed, but Pirates of the Caribbean: Tides of War gives you all the information and feedback you need. Moreover, it couches it all inside a magical Disney-ish storyline that asks you to help an amnesiac Capt. Jack get back his lost memories. This actually is the app's only weakness. At the moment, only a small portion of this tantalizing narrative is available; the rest is "coming soon." Even so, there's plenty to do, and thanks to the app's generous free-to-play setup, you don't have to be as rich as Blackbeard to play as long as you want. Previously, wannabe pirates could only dream of running away to sea; with this app -- yo ho, yo ho, this pirate life's for you.

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