Rage of Bahamut

Common Sense Media says

Entertaining but dense card-trading app with intense images.

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What parents need to know

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

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. 

Sex

Female characters are shown in revealing costumes, though there's no nudity. Ample cleavage and short shorts are common, as are accentuated breasts.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

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. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users must opt-in to Mobage's proprietary online service to gain access to the game. This requires users to submit their email address or log in using their Facebook account. Through the community, players can compete with others (including strangers), but there is no chat functionality between the 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. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Creativity

  • imagination

What Kids Can Learn

Rage of Bahamut wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Creativity

  • imagination

Rage of Bahamut wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Players try to increase their card collection through a line of missions that are attempts to outlast enemies by using stamina. As users touch the screen, foes fall, but so does character stamina. After a boss fight, if stamina remains, players get in-game currency and sometimes additional cards. If they run out of stamina, players can wait a while or buy a potion to recharge. Players can also battle others live by selecting their best cards and pitting them against opposing hands. Winning those battles gets you in-game currency and rare items.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:June 6, 2012
Category:Card Games
Size:7.20 MB
Publisher:Mobage, Inc.
Version:1.3.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.0 and up

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Teen, 17 years old Written byrobbphoenix June 21, 2012
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7
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Review and tips

Its a very addictive card game and a good time-killer! The repetitive actions, lack of sound effects and the poor animation may be a turn of though. Also the game is quite confusing for beginners so I hope this helps: Enter referral code kis00329 after the tutorial to get 100000 rupies and a free rare card. I will give you the 100000 rupies I receive so you will get a total of 200000 rupies! - You have only one chance to choose your faction among Human, Gods and Demons. Since the game registers your phone, it makes almost useless to open additional accounts, so choose carefully! Humans often excel at defense, demons at attacking and gods are balanced. -While each faction has cards with really powerful effects, most of them are not good enough to warrant the bonus that you lose when you use cards not of your faction. In other words and as a rule of thumb (with exceptions that you’ll eventually learn) try to only put cards of your own faction in your deck and aim to get cards with effects that benefit your faction. -You can evolve cards by combining them and by enhancing. Because whenever you evolve a card only a 5% of its stats are retained, you are best leaving enhancing only for the last (4th) evolution or even better, max-enhance a 3rd evolution and evolve it with another max-enhanced 3rd evolution, then enhance again. That way, you’ll get a 97% of the stats you’d get if you max-enhanced every single step of the evolution ladder using only a third of the required cards. -Do not forget to enter the referral code at the end of the tutorial; you will NOT have another chance to do it and you’ll have a much worse start than most people. 100k allows you to evolve/enhance at your heart’s content and the rare is one of the few that’s worth to be put in any deck and will be your best card for the first 10-15 levels of the game (unless you get super lucky with friendship packs.) You can click on my page after the game and message me by pressing the "support" button and I will clear any in-game doubts and help you get started! Thanks and happy gaming!
Parent Written byxzero26 August 11, 2012
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15
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LEARNING

best trading card game

Its the best trading card game there is its fun and totally friendly to the players with no experience on the topic great graphics and awesome art for the cards. By the end of the tutorial input this code DZP73295 and send me a message and ill send you a nice gift... Happy gaming all
Parent Written bydinkydog0 July 19, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

macht laune

gestaltetes Spiel. Umfangreich mit Spieltiefe. Leider nur auf englisch und daher schwer verständlich, zumindest für jemanden, der nicht perfekt englisch kann. Von mir 5 Sterne, weil es mir gefällt und ein sehr gutes Spiel ist und zudem die Spielemacher es mit vielen Events aufwerten. Auf jedenfall ein Spiel von dem man lange etwas hat. Mein Code: qax97304 (einfach nach dem Tutorial eingeben).

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