A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Star Trek Fleet Command is an adventure game for iOS and Android devices. The storyline doesn't include any racy or improper content, but kids can chat with other players, who could potentially say things that aren't kid-appropriate. Although gamers can make in-app purchases, the game isn't overly monetized, and you don't necessarily need to buy anything to play. Players won't see characters die or get a front row seat for any of the action, but the general theme involves a war, and ships are shown in battle exploding.
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What's it about?
Players complete missions and earn resources they can use to help upgrade their space station and get and build ships in STAR TREK FLEET COMMAND. As they recruit crew members, which include popular characters from the TV and movie series such as Sulu and Spock, they'll battle enemies as part of a larger storyline involving a war between three groups -- the Federation, Klingons, and Romulans. Kids will also join an alliance, which allows them to receive and provide help, working with and against other players in real-time.
Is it any good?
Featuring characters from the most recent film series, this game should keep players busy with different tasks, as long as you're not looking for a faster paced experience. While players have to wait out a clock before performing some actions in Star Trek Fleet Command, the countdowns are reasonably short, and there are typically other things to do in the meantime -- such as attacking a hostile ship while some generator construction finishes. You can also use in-game currency to speed things up.
The app doesn't require players to spend a ton of real-world money to keep playing, unless they find the wait times too frustrating. Even if they do spring for a package of items, the cost is relatively low compared to some apps -- generally around $5. The ongoing narrative and clear initial instructions also set the app apart from others with a similar structure. That said, there's a lot going on at any given time. Other players' ships move around, and a variety of screens display information, such as your officer upgrade and ship construction status, which can feel a bit overwhelming at times. The graphics also aren't overly impressive -- small-scale ships move somewhat slowly through space, and the main motion gamers make involves pressing buttons to initiate tasks. Battles would be more thrilling if the action differed significantly in each one, or if it could be viewed up close. Instead, players see a small ship shooting lines at another ship until it explodes. The option to help other players sends a nice message, and you'll get to utilize some positive skills, such as time management and multitasking. Hardcore Star Trek fans may enjoy being able to add popular characters to their roster and face off against Klingons and other familiar enemies, but gamers looking for a highly interactive, fast-paced experience might not feel Star Trek Fleet Command is out of this world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Star Trek Fleet Command affected by the lack of blood and gore shown during play? Would the deaths of characters seem more shocking if there was more visual blood or gore shown in play?
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions, reading
Math: addition, money, subtraction
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: time management, work to achieve goals
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: November 17, 2020
- Category: Strategy Games
- Topics: Adventures, Space and Aliens
- Size: 598.00 MB
- Publisher: Scopely
- Version: 10.1.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later or Android 4.4 and up.
- Last updated: December 2, 2020
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