Parents' Guide to

Advance Wars: Days of Ruin

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Kid-friendly strategy franchise gets more mature.

Game Nintendo DS 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

A teens game

Its a great game! although it can get a bit boring after a while but you can still do a free battle so, oh well!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (6 ):

Days of Ruin's plot is easily the most compelling of any Advance Wars game to date, featuring surprisingly multifaceted characters on all sides of the conflict who contemplate the reasons why they fight and wisely question their leaders' motivations. Still, the story plays out with naught but text dialog and still images, so don't go in expecting Final Fantasy-quality dramatic narrative. And the game itself remains very similar to its predecessors. Players still need to secure factories to build new units, keep an eye on enemy patterns and tactics, and skillfully navigate diverse terrain that can hinder or increase the movement or vision range of different units. However, the biggest difference between Days of Ruin and other games in the series comes in the form of original units. For example, you now have available a Flare Tank capable of revealing hidden enemies and a new nuisance for helicopters and troops in the form of the Duster plane.

Unfortunately, the one major problem in the series has still been left unaddressed in this game: some missions don't allow for creative strategizing but instead force players to employ specific tactics in order to win the day.

The DS library has plenty of fun tactics games suitable for older kids, including Days of Ruin's predecessor, Advance Wars: Dual Strike. You might also try Luminous Arc, Front Mission, and Age of Empires: The Age of Kings. PlayStation Portable owners interested in turn-based strategy might consider Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions, Field Commander, or Jeanne D'Arc. Console players can checkout the Wii's Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn.

Game Details

  • Platform: Nintendo DS
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Nintendo
  • Release date: January 22, 2008
  • Genre: Strategy
  • ESRB rating: E10+ for Language, Mild Violence
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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