Rimelands: Hammer of Thor

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Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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RPG adds twist to Thor mythos, with much more than battling.

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Ease of Play

The game's combat system is easily graspable. Players choose an attack from a menu of different attack options, then roll a set of special dice that can affect the way the attack is played out. As with other turn-based battle games, the key is figuring out which attacks are the best for each unique situation. Mastering this process can make the battles much easier and gives players a sense of accomplishment, but even those who do not take the time to master the battle system can still progress through the game with relative ease.

Violence

This role-playing game uses a turn-based battle system in which players command their characters to carry out attacks but do not push any buttons to actually make the attacks happen. The battling is more strategic than anything else, and the violent depictions on the screen are only a representation of how well the player's strategy played out. The depictions generally consist of a top-down view of the action, fantastical color bursts, and numerical indicators to show how much damage was done.

Sex

Some of the characters, including ones players can choose to be on their team, have pronounced cleavage, large breasts, and/or suggestive outfits.

Language

The words "hell" and "damn" appear in the game's extensive dialogue.

Consumerism

There is a "More Games" button on the game's main menu, which directs players to a screen that allows them to purchase other apps from the same publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rimelands: Hammer of Thor is a story-driven role-playing game in which players ultimately spend more time solving puzzles and riddles, and reading through extensive series of conversations and story narrative than they do battling other characters. However, battling is a key component to advancing the game, as it is usually an enemy encounter that puts the story at a crossroads, and it's crucial for players to defeat the enemy in order to advance. This isn't an especially violent game, though. It is a very cerebral experience that has players using their minds to figure out the most strategic way -- not the most brutal or violent way -- to defeat their enemies. There are some characters with provocative outfits, though for the most part they fit in with the fantastical environment of the rest of the game. Parents should also note there are some uses of the words "hell" and "damn" in the dialogue.

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Is it any good?

Despite its name, RIMELANDS: HAMMER OF THOR is not a story about the god of thunder. This game takes place in the fantastical mythological world of gods, but it is seen from the perspective of a normal adventurer -- a woman named Rose -- who ends up exploring all sorts of fantastical lands. She is on a mission to find the most powerful treasure in the universe, and the hammer of Thor is a focal point for that objective. With a unique storyline and an ambitious amount of levels and environments to explore, this game is a marvel of a mobile app. The gameplay is easy to understand but original enough that even the most seasoned role-playing game enthusiasts will find the battle system and myriad puzzles to be captivating and well worth the price.

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For kids who love role playing and adventure

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