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Z-Day: Hearts of Heroes

By Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Timer-heavy strategy game hinders fun with waiting limits.

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age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Zday hearts and heroes user’s guide

The user’s guides are TERRIBLE. If you GOOGLE, you get some the game’s official guides and some third party companies. But just like how to do a lot of things cannot be found ANYWHERE. The game company KINGS GROUP needs to come up with USER GUIDES that cover A-Z things in the game. Sad when you have google all the time to try to find info on things, since it cannot be found within the game.

This title has:

Too much consumerism

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  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
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  • Personalised advertising is displayed.
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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though this app represents yet another link in a chain of similar strategy game clones, there's some fun to be had if you can look past the long wait times imposed on play. The graphics in Z-Day: Hearts of Heroes are nicely done, and that makes it fun to customize your commander's appearance and watch your base progress. Simple animations also make taking out rabid wolves and zombie invaders somewhat more interesting. When not hunting drooling wolves, you'll be tinkering with your base, and there's lots to be done there. The thing is, like every other game in this genre, base building is tied to timers; the higher level your base gets, the longer it takes things to build. "Longer" means anything from 15 minutes to several hours, and that's a real fun killer. There are only two ways to shorten those timers: spending money or begging your alliance buddies for help. But the latter depends on your alliance being online, so depending on how regular they are, you could still get stuck waiting.

Timers are why people hang out in chat rooms, and at least Z-Day: Hearts of Heroes makes that more fun with "easy translate," a cool little feature that lets you understand people from other countries with the tap of a button. Since these strategy apps are mainly about communication and collaboration, Z-Day was smart to make both easier. Even so, like so many other strategy apps like it, Z-Day makes money by making us wait, and that has us looking forward to the day when app developers realize that built-in tedium isn't a great strategy.

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