RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Clever, card-based action/adventure doubles down on fun.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls, but the combat can be tricky.

Violence & Scariness

While players get into fights with animals and scary creatures, the retro graphics keep this from being bloody or gory.

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When players die, they can keep going by watching an ad. An ad-free version is also available for $1.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack is a card-based action/adventure game for iOS and Android devices. While you do get into fights with such creatures as goblins, giant spiders, and walking skeletons, the fights are conducted by playing rounds of Blackjack. Also, because the game's graphics are retro and pixelated, there's no blood or gore. Players can watch ads to keep playing when they die, but there's also an ad-free version for $1.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In ROGUEJACK: ROGUELIKE BLACKJACK, you're a brave adventurer searching for an amulet that's in a cave. The problem is, the cave is full of skeletons and goblins and other creatures. It's a good thing you're a brave adventurer…and that all of your enemies can be vanquished if you beat them at Blackjack. Yeah, the card game. Players will have to balance their attacks and their card playing skills to be successful in these endless dungeon stages.

Is it any good?

While serious Blackjack players should get their fix elsewhere, fans of old school adventure games and counting to 21 will have a lot of fun with this odd action game. In RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack, you go on an epic, action-packed adventure, exploring a cave in search of an amulet you really, really want. Oddly enough, this cave's guarded by goblins and spiders and, uh, chickens. But while this game's pixelated, retro graphics makes it look like the classic 1980 arcade game Adventure, this puts a different spin on things by having the combat conducted through games of BlackJack. That's right, the card game where you have to get as close to 21 without going over, while hoping your opponent either gets fewer points than you or goes over 21.

Granted, these games of Blackjack don't exactly work like they do in Vegas. Some enemies play by their own rules. Skeletons, for instance, always win when there's a tie. Some enemies also require you to beat them twice before they die. But you have your own advantages, like shields you can find, which give you a second chance to beat an enemy. Admittedly, there are better Blackjack games for your phone or tablet, just as there are better adventure games. But if you like old school games and card games and getting into fights with chickens, RogueJack: Roguelike BlackJack may be the epic quest you've been searching for.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Roguejack: Roguelike Blackjack affected by the lack of blood and gore? Does this affect how you feel about the game? Does it make you feel like killing your enemies is meaningless, or that they don't matter and their lives have no value? Is this a good thing?

  • How do you decide when to spend money to not watch ads, and when to just watch the ads? Does it matter that players can watch ads to keep playing when they die, or they can purchase the ad-free option to constantly play?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 24, 2020
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Size: 20.30 MB
  • Publisher: Ponywolf LLC
  • Version: 1.1.9
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Requires Android 4.0.3 and up
  • Last updated: August 3, 2020

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