A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Rage of Bahamut wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The app's interface is not a welcoming one to players and is especially confounding for people who have never played a card battle game before. Buttons are not explained, and while the tutorial (which is, in essence, mandatory) explains some of the game's basics, there's no guide on what to do next. Also, essential information is often hidden from sight unless the user scrolls down, which some people won't realize is an option.
Violence & Scariness
Violence is certainly discussed, and there are onscreen flashes to simulate swordplay (and other attacks), but there's no blood or gore. Some of the characters shown on the game cards, however, are a bit too intense for young players.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Female characters are shown in revealing costumes, though there's no nudity. Ample cleavage and short shorts are common, as are accentuated breasts.
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Products & Purchases
While it's possible to earn free cards in the game, players are actively encouraged to buy sets to strengthen their hands and to recruit their friends to play (which earns them a free card). Top-tier cards can be earned/found in-game, but that's not immediately clear to players.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rage of Bahamut is a trading card game that features both single-player quests and multiplayer battles. The violence is fairly low-key, since it's done in the imagination of the users, but the graphical representations of some characters might be frightening to younger children. In addition, many of the female characters are overly sexualized in their depiction. The game actively promotes in-game purchases and urges players to promote it to their friends via mailings. Users are also required to register and log-in to the Mobage online service to play.
Is It Any Good?
If you're not familiar with card battle games, Rage of Bahamut is not a particularly good choice to ease into them. A poorly designed interface and a lackluster tutorial combine to create a confusing arena for new players.
If you can get past that, though, the game itself isn't a bad one, and the art on the virtual cards is very well done, which is a large part of what makes these games fun. We're not crazy about being forced to log onto Mobage's system, but that does create a vibrant community of players to battle against.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.