A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Army Attack! is a modern military strategy game played on the Facebook social network. The game is free to play, but certain exclusive items and power-ups, which give players the edge in skirmishes, can only be purchased with real-world cash. Warfare involves purchasing units such as infantry, tanks, and artillery, and moving them on a grid to engage and destroy enemy units and bases across an ever-expanding world map. There are explosions, but no blood or gore.
What's it about?
In ARMY ATTACK!, your peaceful homeland has been attacked by the Crimson Empire, and it's up to you to turn the tide by liberating the occupied cities, destroying enemy bases, and driving out the aggressors. Gameplay takes place on an overhead grid, where players construct buildings, produce resources, set up defensive perimeters, and purchase units to attack enemy forces in turn-based skirmishes. Players can only perform so many actions before running out of energy and supplies, whereupon they can wait for more, ask friends, or pay real money for an instant refill.
Is it any good?
Army Attack! is a fun military strategy game with great production values. But, players seem to run out of energy and supplies all too quickly. Even basic tasks like collecting resources from buildings and drop zones eat up energy units, which can quickly drain the meter leaving little left for maneuvering units. It's not always easy to find the random item drops required to finish buildings, either. As a result, Army Attack! is a game that can only be enjoyed in short bursts unless players are willing to invest some real-world cash, or have a large network of Facebook friends also playing the game from whom they can beg for energy refills and items. The unlockable "Versus" mode is great fun, but again requires a steady flow of energy and supplies.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the use of strategy in games. Why does having units with different strengths and weaknesses make the game more strategic?
Families can also talk about how strategy must be adjusted when playing the "Versus" mode. How do you decide which four units to take into a "Versus" battle?
- Platforms: Facebook
- Subjects: Hobbies: board games
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy, thinking critically
Self-Direction: work to achieve goals
- Price: Free with Microtransactions
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: Digital Chocolate
- Release date: May 19, 2011
- Genre: Strategy
- ESRB rating: NR
For kids who love social adventures
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