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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
The game doesn't have much in the way of a human cast, all of which are presented as basic pixelated characters with the only apparent differences being in gender and age.
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Ease of Play
Gameplay is straightforward and simple, with players using their arsenal of cards to clear randomized dungeons of creatures. The randomness of the creatures' movements and dungeon layouts can draw things out, and player progress can seem to crawl at a snail's pace.
Violence & Scariness
While combat is constant, there's no blood or graphic depictions of violence. Instead, attacks are represented with quick, flashy attacks and defeated foes simply disappear from the area.
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Products & Purchases
The game is free-to-play but has a number of in-app purchases available. Players are also pushed to watch sponsored advertisements for extra items or energy, or to purchase a bundle that incudes the removal of the advertisements.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tiny Decks & Dungeons is a free-to-play fantasy role-playing game available for download on Android and iOS mobile devices. Players explore randomly generated dungeons, using a customizable deck of cards to attack and capture a variety of monsters. The game is a lighthearted adventure, using a pixelated retro art style to tell its story. Violence is a core part of the gameplay, but there's no blood or gore. The game's free-to-play, but contains various in-app purchases and sponsored advertisements to acquire additional gameplay items.
Is It Any Good?
Some games look for success by focusing on a single gameplay element, while others toss a bunch of things together to see what sticks. Tiny Decks & Dungeons falls squarely in the latter category with a patchwork of familiar pieces stitched together into a bite-sized adventure. There's deck-building, monster raising, roguelite dungeon crawling, and strategic combat. But none of these elements are particularly deep. In its effort to be jack of all trades, Tiny Decks & Dungeons doesn't stand out in any single area, and yet it still works for the most part.
By combining these lighter, simplified pieces, Tiny Decks & Dungeons winds up offering a quick gameplay cycle. Pick up some cards. Tweak your deck, Dive into the dungeon for loot and creatures. Then head back to base to drop off and upgrade monsters before using your newfound loot to pick up more cards and start the process all over again. This is fun in short bursts, but can start to get repetitive quickly. This is made worse by the excruciatingly slow character progression. Toss in the constant push to buy whatever new item is in the shop or to watch ads for extra cards or revives, and it wears on your patience to play for any extended period. That's not to say Tiny Decks & Dungeons isn't a fun distraction when you've got a little time to kill. Just think of it as more of an entertaining snack as opposed to a buffet of adventure.
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