Summoners War

App review by
Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Solid but slow strategy RPG encourages in-app purchases.

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 12+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Base game very easy to learn; complex upgrade/rune/building systems take longer to absorb. 

Violence

The core of the game is combat, but violence is non-graphic and cartoony. There's no blood or indication of injury, and eliminated monsters simply vanish. 

Sex

There is no sexual imagery or suggestive language, but several of the female characters are buxom and scantily clad. 

Language

Occasional "dammit."

Consumerism

Prompts to use the in-game store appear every time you load up the game, and another prompt appears at least once per session.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One monster is called the "Drunken Master." He weaves around, clearly intoxicated, and his powers involve mentions of alcohol. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Summoners War is a strategy role-playing game along the lines of Pokémon. The main point of the game is combat, but violence isn't bloody or graphic, and no characters ever really die. There's no bad language beyond "dammit" and no explicit sexual content, but many of the female characters are shown in-game and on loading screens wearing skimpy outfits that barely conceal their breasts. In-game chat is displayed at the top of the screen at all times, and player conversations are completely unfiltered. If players sign up for the developer's HIVE social platform, Com2uS Corp. collects information about age and gender. The seemingly incomplete privacy policy details the kinds of information collected and shared but fails to fully explain how this information is used. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySteve Y. February 17, 2018

Summoners war

They expect you to pay big money to succeed. I have played the game for 2 years every day on my cell phone and I have barely progressed. They offer very little... Continue reading
Adult Written byLevi H. September 20, 2018

2 years played with my family ages 16-51

The other adult reviewed this angrily without much knowledge of the game. It's true, the game has a steep learning curve to proceed without spending money.... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byBA1758 May 26, 2017

Review of Summoners war

Seriously, the current review is horrible. Violence, okay NEVER expect that to go away or this is blood guts death and seriously, do you think a kid who sees a... Continue reading

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? 

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