A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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."
What's it about?
In CULDCEPT REVOLT for Nintendo 3DS, you play as Allen, a rebel fighter with the Free Bat forces, determined to fight for freedom from the tyranny of the evil Count Kraniss. As in past games in this Japanese fantasy franchise, your goal is to build your deck, test out new strategies and tactics, and eventually dominate the board whilst destroying enemy creatures. Determined by which cards you draw, the turn-based battles have you fighting against enemy creatures -- such as dragons, goblins, and giant demons -- using swords, claws, magic attacks, and more. You can collect more than 400 unique cards in total, as you develop your skills against the game's artificial intelligence (AI) in Story mode or Free Play mode. Or once you master your moves, you can challenge real players with up to four-player local or online matches (and try to climb the global leaderboards).
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about suggestive imagery. Should Nintendo 3DS games show suggestive imagery, especially if people believe that this platform is mostly safe for children? Or is the onus on parents to do their research for every game?
Talk about strategy. Are there any tactics that you can take from this game and apply to real life?
- Platforms: Nintendo 3DS
- Price: $39.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: NIS America
- Release date: September 29, 2017
- Genre: Strategy
- Topics: Magic and fantasy, Princesses and fairies, Sports and martial arts, Misfits and underdogs, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Language, Mild Blood, Suggestive Themes
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