Pocket RPG iPhone Edition

Common Sense Media says

OK app may frustrate serious RPG fans; fantastical violence.

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

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. The game uses a touchscreen control system that takes some getting used to and can sometimes interfere with the action on the screen.

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, though some leave behind a splotch of colorful liquid that looks like blood but is never red.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pocket RPG iPhone Edition is a fantasy game that lets players explore mysterious dungeons and face off against all sorts of enemy creatures. This is a port of the game Pocket RPG, which was originally released on the iPad. 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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

POCKET RPG IPHONE EDITION is a slimmed-down version of the original Pocket RPG game, which was initially released only for the iPad. It ends up working well on the iPhone, with impressive graphics and an ability to play for short bursts at a time. However, what continues to be one of the more frustrating aspects of the game is that it does not act as a traditional RPG when it comes to leveling up characters. In every mission, players have to start from square one, meaning any progress they made in the previous mission does not carry over. For serious RPG fans, this will be a big problem, but for casual players who just want an accessible and fun fantasy game, this one will fit the ticket.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:September 1, 2011
Category:Role Playing Games
Size:93.70 MB
Publisher:Crescent Moon Games
Version:1.05
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

This review of Pocket RPG iPhone Edition was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

Write a user reviewThere aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide