Pocket RPG

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Fantasy game may frustrate seasoned players vs. casual ones.

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Ease of Play

Players have to figure out how to navigate through the maze-like dungeons, and must stay on top of their game to take down the swarms of small creatures that appear. In addition, the battles themselves can be challenging, especially the protracted end-of-level boss battles, which require stamina and skill.

Violence

Depending on the type of character players choose, they'll either fight in hand-to-hand sword fights, or battle from a distance using magic spells. Either way, the violence is depicted in a very fantastical style. Players equip their character with weapons (swords, spells, etc.) and then fire off those weapons to take down the ghosts, plant monsters, blob creatures, etc., that get in their way. Creatures disappear when defeated, and some emit a pool of yellow blood-like liquid that also quickly disappears.

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A link in the app's main menu directs users to purchase other apps from the same publisher.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Pocket RPG is a fantasy game that lets players explore mysterious dungeons and face off against all sorts of enemy creatures. Players choose a character class ("Blade Master," "Dark Ranger," or "Battle Mage") and embark on a journey to rid the land of evil monsters and creatures. Much of the game takes place in dark, expansive dungeons that take time and strategy to navigate, so it is a cerebral experience as much as it is anything else. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

The title of POCKET RPG may be slightly misleading to some players, because the way the game is constructed is different from many other RPG titles. That is, in lieu of a traditional "leveling" system where players increase their strength and defense as they progress, players have to start from scratch at the beginning of every quest. This will no doubt be frustrating for some players, but for the casual RPG players, it actually works out better since they are on a level playing field for every quest. Aside from that, the game's good-looking graphics and character customization options lead to an overall enjoyable fantasy-game experience.

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For kids who love RPGs

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