A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Players can do some basic customization of their character's appearance, changing things like face, eye color, gender, skin color, as well as outfits. But in the game, there's not much in the way of diversity outside of the different fantasy races.
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Ease of Play
The game requires a lot of menu navigation and micromanagement, with players managing their own skills, abilities, and equipment, as well as recruiting, training, and organizing their collection of summoned creatures. The main gameplay, though, is fairly intuitive, with easy to use controls.
Violence & Scariness
Combat is commonplace, with players and their summons fighting all manner of creatures, monsters, and other enemies. While armed with medieval style weapons, most of the fighting is done with magical abilities. There are plenty of flashy effects, but no blood or gore is shown onscreen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female characters are shown in revealing outfits.
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Products & Purchases
While players can work their way through the game without ever spending any money, players are regularly prompted to make purchases in the in-game shop for extra resources, special summons, or Season Pass content.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Summoners War: Chronicles is a free-to-play fantasy action role-playing game available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players take on the role of a Summoner, a magic wielding hero with the ability to summon and command unique creatures in an ongoing war against evil. Combat is constant, though the violence isn't bloody or graphic. There are lots of strange and unique creatures, but the game's animated art style keeps them from appearing too scary. Some characters are presented in revealing outfits. While microtransactions are not necessary, players are constantly encouraged to buy items from the in-game shop, such as special bundles, resources, or Season Passes, to help boost their progress.
Is It Any Good?
When this series began more than eight years ago, it was the start of a mobile game phenomenon. Now, with Summoners War: Chronicles, the series has evolved into a grand adventure that stacks right up with just about anything consoles have to offer. The production value is amazing, with fantastic anime style cutscenes, solid voice acting, and an engaging story that expands on the established universe. There's no shortage of content either, as the game offers up numerous ways to play catered to whatever you're looking for. Feel like going on a solo adventure? The main campaign and area dungeons are a great way to build your Summoners and to learn the lore. Want a little company as you fight the forces of evil? Grab some friends (or make some new ones) and team up for Party Play as you work together to take out massive bosses in epic raids. Think you're the best Summoner in all of Rahil? Prove it as you take on other Summoners in player versus player matches at the Trial of Ascension.
If there's one knock against Summoners War: Ascension, it's that the game is almost too big for its mobile platform. While the main controls are smooth, responsive, and intuitive, navigating the menus to manage your characters can be overwhelming. With so many monsters, skills, abilities, equipment, upgrades, etc., to keep track of, it's easy to overlook a lot. Also, one nagging issue for people playing on their phone is that the text is so small, it's almost impossible to read. This makes sorting through all of those menus even more frustrating as you try to make out exactly what certain skills do or which stats certain equipment have. Thankfully, there's more control when it comes to the in-game camera, allowing you to zoom in and out of the action on the fly so you don't miss any of the action. Finally, while the free-to-play game comes stacked to the hilt with microtransactions, you're actually able to earn quite a lot and to progress at a steady pace even without spending a dime.
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