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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Risk: Global Domination is a free-to-play mobile adaptation of Hasbro's popular Risk board game, and is available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players take on other opponents in battles for supremacy on various maps by deploying armies and invading territories. Although the game's primary focus is war, there's no real violence shown onscreen outside of plastic game pieces butting heads. The game's fairly complex, requiring a lot of strategy and planning. Additional game types also change up how the game is played, adding an extra layer of complexity. Players can remove ads and have unlimited play for $12.99.
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What's it about?
RISK: GLOBAL DOMINATION brings the all the strategic fun of Risk and puts it in the palms of your hands with this official mobile version of Hasbro's popular board game. Players will learn the basics of global warfare in the tutorial missions, before testing their skills in the single player challenges. Here, the board comes preset to recreate historic scenarios. There are even fantasy scenarios, pitting players against everything from knights to pirates and even zombies. Once you've survived what the AI throws your way, you can take on friends and family in pass play on one device, or go up against challengers from around the world in online multiplayer matches. Do you have what it takes to reign supreme, or will you fall as footnote to history?
Is it any good?
They say that everybody wants to rule the world, and for more than sixty years armchair conquers done just that in Hasbro's popular strategy board game, Risk. Making the jump from the tabletop to handheld devices, Risk: Global Domination captures the classic experience to near perfection, while also adding a few extra twists that keep things fresh for both newcomers and longtime fans alike. The classic experience feels great, with easy to use controls and a presentation that keeps matches going at a smooth pace. Even dice rolls are simplified, handled individually or in a "Blitz" that resolves all the combat at once. The rotating and changing list of starting scenarios are interesting too. In one match, players might be recreating the early days of the first World War. Meanwhile, the next pits them against hungry zombie swarms across metropolitan neighborhoods and districts. And yet, no matter how outrageous the scenarios, somehow the classic Risk formula still fits.
Where Risk: Global Domination falters most is in how it handles its free-to-play aspect. Players are limited to a small number of available matches, paying in-game currency to start most matches and scenarios. Players can watch ads to pick up a few extra coins for matches or pay a one-time charge to remove the ads and unlock unlimited matches. And if players happen to like playing one of the non-standard scenarios in rotation at a given time? Well, they're more than welcome to revisit those maps and game types any time they want … but only if they shell out a few extra bucks for that specific map/game pack. This is on top of having to still pay those coins to start matches if you haven't paid for the unlock option. While there's a lot here to offer in terms of gameplay in Risk: Global Domination, it still feels a bit like a glorified demo and getting the most out of the things outside of the absolute basics means dropping money on a string of frustrating purchases in order to play the way you want.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how games bring people together. What are some of the advantages of a family "game night"? How can board games, card games, and even video games help to bring families together?
What are some positive ways to foster friendly competition? What is the importance of being a good sport, and what are ways to do so in both winning and in losing?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: January 7, 2017
- Category: Board Games
- Topics: History, Misfits and Underdogs
- Size: 354.90 MB
- Publisher: SMG Studio
- Version: 2.4.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or higher; Android 4.4 and up
- Last updated: April 21, 2020
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