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Risk: The Official Game
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What 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.
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