A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Good vs. evil theme overshadowed by focus on combat, other mature content.
Positive Role Models
Very little backstory, character growth, for main protagonist, Allen. He wakes up from an amnesiac spell and finds he's a rebel fighter looking to liberate people from an evil stronghold.
Ease of Play
Simple controls, easy to learn.
Violence & Scariness
Players engage in turn-based card battles on a game board against fantasy creatures -- like demons, dragons, ogres -- using weapons like spears, lightning blasts. Some mild blood, violent imagery on cards.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most female characters have very large breasts and outfits that reveal lots of cleavage. Some female creatures are topless, but no nipples seen.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Sex, Romance & Nudity in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"S--t," "hell," "damn" heard in dialogue.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Culdcept Revolt is a strategy card game. Players assume the role of a rebel fighter who's battling against an evil force. Gamers engage in turn-based battles on a game board against fantasy creatures, such as goblins, ogres, dragons, and giant demons, with each card showing how they're striking against the opponent. It could be a claw slash, sword strike, magic attack, and so on. There's some blood, and some violent drawings on the cards themselves, such as seeing a creature impaled. The game also has some sexually suggestive imagery, including revealing clothing, with females bursting out of their bra-like top and some topless female creatures (no nipples are seen). Finally, the game has some profanity, including words like "s--t."
Is It Any Good?
The card-based battles are quite fun once you get into it -- but this game might be more niche than others. In other words, Nintendo 3DS owners who like turn-based fantasy card games might be the only ones interested in what Culdcept Revolt has to offer. This first new Culdcept title in almost 10 years (well, in North America, anyway) might be best described as a board game fused with a card game, with a heavy dose of turn-based fantasy combat. The story is very cliché: You wake up with amnesia as "Allen" (you can change the name) and learn that you're part of a rebel group led by a woman named Alicia. After each non-playable story section, you'll roll the die and then experiment with the cards you're given (to create offensive and defensive strategies) as you move around the board, unlock new characters, upgrade skills, and unravel more of the story.
Compared to past games in this series, the cards offer new abilities (for both the creatures and your crew), including ways of using HP, equipping items, using up extra moves and spaces on the board, something called "secret arts" (unlocking special skills tied to a particular character), and more. Ranging from a few minutes to an hour or two, the turn-based battles are easy to pick up and engaging, but you have to wait for the enemy animation before you can take your turn (too bad you can't skip). While it's a niche game, Culdcept Revolt has a lot of depth and replayability, as you upgrade and experiment with your deck and engage in multiple battles throughout the solo and multiplayer modes. It may not be for everyone, but those who enjoy this series -- or similar titles like Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft may get a lot out of this title.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.