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What's it about?
SUMMONERS WAR is set in a progressive fantasy world where war has been replaced by more civilized arena battles. Various factions fight for control over the land's supply of magical mana crystals by employing powerful "summoners" who can control a wide range of fabulous monsters. The main point, really, is to collect and upgrade as many monsters as you can, and combat is how you earn the money and materials to do that. In addition, players can build, expand, and improve their own magical headquarters. The game can be played alone or online against strangers and cooperatively with friends. Players can join guilds and go on raids with other players, and a persistent in-game chat system (unlocked at level 11) lets players interact freely and without filter. Along the way, users can buy items and upgrades with real money from an in-game store.
Is it any good?
Creature-collection games are big among school-age kids, and this strategy game leverages that popularity, but the in-app purchases, buxom female characters, and in-game chat might give parents pause. On the upside, it's vibrant and cute, with a surprising amount of narrative and side objectives to keep kids busy. The sound design is expertly done, and the energy-based system is generous and allows for long play sessions without the need to purchase anything. Though technically it's all about combat, the near-nonstop fighting is merely a means to an end. However, the ungoverned player chat -- though game-focused -- and sexualized female characters might not work for all parents. Also, players are repeatedly reminded to buy things, and the leveling system relies heavily on tedious hours of repetition, so it requires patience and the ability to resist the temptation of making in-app purchases when prompted.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about your rules about in-app purchases. Are they allowed? If so, how many and for how much money?
Talk about online safety and privacy. When you're chatting with strangers, what information isn't OK to share?
Discuss team building. What do you think is most important when building a strong team? Cooperation or members' individual strengths?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
- Release date: December 21, 2015
- Category: Role-Playing Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Size: 19.60 MB
- Publisher: Com2uS Corp.
- Version: 2.0.2
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
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