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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

App review by
David Chapman, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed loot fest hampered a bit by microtransactions.

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Ease of Play

The main gameplay is simplicity at its finest, able to be played with just a single thumb. The controls feel fluid and natural. There’s a little more complexity in managing the loot gathered from each adventure, and the difficulty level can be increased to potentially earn better gear.

Violence

Violence is key to the gameplay, with players hacking and slashing their way through multiple castles filled with a variety of creatures. Players use an arsenal of different fantasy weapons and magical skills to defeat foes. The game has a cartoonish art direction and humor, with no blood or gore.

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Language

There's an online chat that, while censored, could still expose younger players to potentially offensive conversations.

Consumerism

While there’s a fair amount of progress that can be made without buying anything, there’s also a lot of ways the game tries to entice players to spend money. This ranges from cosmetic items like player icons and pets to keys and energy that let players progress faster to special and unique weapons and armor.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a free-to-play, action/adventure role-playing game available for download on iOS and Android-based mobile devices. The game's a dungeon crawler in which players use fantasy weapons and magical abilities to fight their way through small castles to gain gold and new, more powerful items. The controls are extremely simple to pick up and play, with most of the game playable with simply one thumb. The cartoonish style and humor are lighthearted, with no blood or graphic violence -- just flashy onscreen effects. There are some heavy commercial elements, pushing players to spend money on various items in the shop and to watch ads for extra bonuses. Although the game itself has no profanity or graphic content, there's an online chat that, while censored, could still expose younger players to potentially offensive language or conversations.

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What's it about?

Welcome, Adventurers, to THE MIGHTY QUEST FOR EPIC LOOT, where hunting for treasure isn’t just a hobby, but a way of life. After all, the gear you find today might be obsolete or just plain out of fashion come tomorrow. Your journey takes place in the fabled land of Opulencia, a kingdom of flying fortresses filled with dangerous creatures and riches beyond your wildest imaginations. And with the King mysteriously missing in action, all those treasures are just lying around for the taking. So grab some gear, brush up on your spellcasting, and head for the heights of nearly a hundred different floating castles in a mad dash to collect new weapons and armor, ancient artifacts, and all the shiny loot you can find … oh, and maybe keep an eye out for that missing King while you’re at it. You'll create your custom adventures, armed with your favorite weapons, armor, skills, and talents, then test your mettle against other adventurers with grand PvP battles and leave your legacy on the battlefield of the Arena. And always remember the golden rule of adventuring: “He who has the most epic loot wins!”

Is it any good?

There’s no shortage of role-playing games that focus on deep story with constant plot twists and rich character development. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot isn't one of these games. As the title suggests, this adventure is all about one thing: loot. The game's a cyclical chase for bigger and better gear, with players making runs through short dungeons (or in this case, flying castles), hacking, slashing, and magicking through swarms of creatures ranging from angry chickens to fiery demons and everything in-between. At the end of each stage, you sort through your hard-earned treasures, upgrade your gear, and head out to do it all over again. Although that might seem to get a bit old after a while, the game manages to hit the right balance to keep feeling fresh.

The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot, in a nutshell, just feels fun to play. The simple controls are fluid and surprisingly effective. Moving, dodging, and attacking take nothing more than a flick of your thumb. Each stage is just long enough to provide good challenge and exploration, but just short enough to keep the pace of the action constant. If there’s one problem the game really suffers from, it’s the usual pitfalls of the free-to-play paywalls. To get the most out of the game, you really need to pick up things like the “Epic Pass,” which rewards players with new missions to accomplish and extra rewards for doing so. There are also paid passes for everything from extra gold to much needed energy, which can start to add up pretty quick, especially for a “free” game. Admittedly, you can still make a good bit of progress without ever spending money in the shop, but it can sometimes feel like you’re missing out.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about paywalls in free-to-play games. What are some of the ways that free-to-play games try to push players to spend money on the game? When does spending money in a game cross over from convenience or vanity items into a more “pay-to-win” model?

  • What is it about “loot” in games that drives the desire to play? Is it the urge to collect everything within a game? Or is it making a more personal experience with things like cosmetic items that customize your presence in the game to yourself and to others?

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