Risk: The Official Game

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Lots of guns, but no fighting shown in virtual board game.

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Ease of play

Risk has always been a rather complicated board game with loads of rules and details to keep track of, but playing it virtually actually helps make it easier.

Violence

There's no violence shown in the game -- battles are depicted with dice rolls. But you do hear explosions and you see the implements of warfare -- guns, tanks, etc.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Risk: The Official Game is an accurate adaptation of the classic strategy board game, Risk. There are other "Risk" apps available, but if you want the true experience of the board game, this is the one you're looking for. If you're unfamiliar with the original game, understand that it is a war game about global conquest. You build armies and invade your opponents' countries. Battles are not depicted visually in the game (you only see die rolls), but you will hear explosion sounds. However, the app does show frequent images of soldiers with guns, as well as tanks and fighter jets.

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RISK: THE OFFICIAL GAME is another great board game-to-video game translation on the iDevices. The least fun part of the game of Risk has always been keeping track of who gets how many armies and what are their bonuses, and when they get cards and so on -- having the app take care of all that lets you focus on your strategy, and have a lot more fun while you're playing. The angry, camouflaged paramilitary characters feel unnecessarily violent, waving their guns around and scowling. They put the game into a modern war context, which is less fun and exotic as the Napoleonic era soldiers of the original board game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:July 22, 2010
Category:Board Games
Publisher:Electronic Arts
Version:1.4.88
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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