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What 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.
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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?
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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
- 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
For kids who love strategy and role-playing games
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