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Parents' Guide to

Rise of Kingdoms

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Ample activities, ranging from bustling building to battles.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 10+
I think the game overall is very good and creative helping kids learn about ancient commanders and ages in a fun way although as long as they aren't constantly on the kingdom chat it is OK for 5+ but if atleast 9+
age 18+

The Game is Fine, the Community is not.

The game is good, but you can't get far solo, and unfortunately much of the community sucks. Many people play for a day or two or get to only a couple hundred thousand power then leave, and many of them join an alliance before then, so it just takes up alliance members space and only gives the alliance the boost of having some dead power in it. Then for others, they invite you to join their alliance, then kick you in less than an hour for having too low of power. They can see your power before even inviting you, and should know how long it takes, even with two builders and using all the boosts you get, to get to the power levels they want, so I find it rude that they do that. Then you also get a lot of people having supposedly joke fights in the world chat about people's sexual orientation, gender, etc., or even when you reach out to the alliance leader about joining and make clear your goals and they let you join under false pretenses of the alliance working towards the same goal, the leader and members then go on to call you stupid and having a "half-assed account," and so on once you find out they aren't wanting what you want. A lot of rude players.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Although some aspects may initially confuse kids due to the game's overall scope, there's no shortage of things to do -- which may help keep them interested in playing. Kids work to strengthen their town's security level and capabilities and also address external threats in Rise of Kingdoms. In addition to occasionally fighting barbarians that are trying to conquer other areas, kids build and enhance structures. As they rise to further levels, they'll unlock new types of buildings to add and tasks that correspond to some of those locations, such as a new archery range where archers can be trained. Some construction and training activities only require a minute or so of waiting time for the building or other work to be finished. Others take longer, but kids can utilize a number of free booster options that will speed the work up by one to five minutes.

The main screen contains a lot of icons -- and some wiggle or are marked with a red circle that seems to imply there's an update kids urgently need to view. Yet often, when you click on those items, the information ultimately isn't anything important. Focusing on a well-organized list of quests like upgrading the city's protective wall, can be helpful. Defeating roaming barbarians will also earn kids rewards like Commander Experience. The sound effects in battles are dramatic, but the fighting doesn't look too intense, and the size of the characters are so small that even when you zoom in, it's hard to see much detail. The app sells a number of currency and other items that can help contribute to kids' success in the game, such as packages with gems and resources like wood and the ability to speed up construction work. Kids earn a fair amount of currency and other rewards just by playing, though, so they should be able to find plenty to do without spending anything -- which helps make the continued climb toward higher levels in Rise of Kingdoms a consistently enjoyable pursuit.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPod Touch , iPad , Mac , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 7, 2022
  • Category: Simulation Games
  • Topics: History
  • Publisher: Lilith Games
  • Version:
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later, macOS 11.0 or later and a Mac with an Apple M1 chip, or Android 4.4 and up.
  • Last updated: September 23, 2022

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