Parents' Guide to

Dread Nautical

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Turn-based action game with some violence, touch choices.

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This is either an action game dressed up in turn-based strategy clothes, or vice versa. Not that it really matters, since Dread Nautical is pretty fun either way. Gradually working your way through the ship room by room and deck by deck is tense and rewarding. When the turn-based combat kicks in, players are given opportunity to exercise some basic but important strategy as they plan out ranged attacks to remain safe at a distance and charge in with powerful melee weapons to finish off wounded foes. The strategy isn't as deep or nuanced as in similar games, such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses or XCOM 2, but it allows players to dispatch enemies and work through levels fairly quickly.

There's some room for improvement, though. The hero's artificially limited inventory -- as little as just three items at the start -- is both nonsensical and frustrating, at times forcing players to leave behind desirable gear and items. While the writing and voice acting are surprisingly entertaining, the visual presentation could use some work. Character models, for example, are too cartoonish for the spooky setting, with goofy faces and garishly large hands. Just a tad more realism would have been a better match for their surroundings and the game's overall tone. But without being too harsh, though, Dread Nautical is one of the better turn-based strategy games released on both mobile devices and consoles, and it's an easy recommendation for strategy fans looking for a new title to play.

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