Army Attack!

Common Sense Media says

Facebook turn-based strategy game best with friends or cash.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players are waging war not as the aggressors, but in order to liberate cities from hostile occupying forces.

Positive role models

Allied commanders are portrayed as brave and determined, while enemy commanders are typically arrogant and aggressive, although at least one enemy commander loses gracefully. However, one of the female generals wears a skimpy uniform showing cleavage, bare midriff, and short shorts.

Ease of play

Gameplay is straightforward, and quests help the player figure out what to do next.

Violence

Players attack with rifles, tanks, and artillery, and special attacks including napalm and carpet bombings. Destroyed units explode and disappear. Players see damaged vehicles and bandaged soldiers on stretchers, but there's no blood. Mission objectives occasionally use violent language like "Sometimes the best strategy is a punch in the face."

Sex

One of the female generals wears a skimpy uniform showing cleavage, bare midriff, and short shorts.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Certain exclusive military units and power-ups can only be purchased with a premium currency called Army Gold, which give players an edge in battle and in the "Versus" mode. Premium currency can also be used to speed up the game. There are regular pop-up ads for sales and other promotions at the start of each gaming session, and ads for other games by the same publisher are permanently displayed along the top of the window.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some safety and privacy concerns. Players can interact with Facebook friends who have also added the game, and post status updates to their Facebook walls. In the "Versus" mode, players can challenge strangers to one-off matches, and their name and profile picture appears on global leaderboards.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

A fun military strategy game with great production values. Unfortunately, it can only be enjoyed in short bursts unless players invest real-world cash, or have enough Facebook friends to support them.

Learning Approach

Kids can learn how to make decisions, think strategically, and work efficiently to manage limited resources in this military strategy game.

Support

This is a Facebook-based game. Gameplay is straightforward, and quests help the player figure out what to do next. Players can challenge strangers to one-off matches, and their name and profile picture appears on global leaderboards.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Hobbies

  • board games

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • thinking critically

Self-Direction

  • work to achieve goals

Kids can learn how to make decisions, think strategically, and work efficiently to manage limited resources in this military strategy game. By constructing buildings and moving military units around a board game-like grid, players defeat opponents and conquer territory to fulfill mission goals. The game requires strategic thinking to deploy units effectively, taking into account variables like firing range, attack power, and range of movement. Kids practice military strategy by playing Army Attack! and can benefit from playing those who might introduce new and different strategies.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Digital Chocolate
Release date:May 19, 2011
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDiego gomes May 14, 2014
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