Dungeons & Dragons: Heroes of Neverwinter

Common Sense Media says

Fun Facebook role-playing game with some violence.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Players are cast as heroes trying to make a name for themselves in the town of Neverwinter by performing useful services.

Positive role models

Quests involve helping other characters, such as searching for a woman's lost husband, or battling evil creatures like undead, goblins, and kobolds.

Ease of play

Gameplay is menu-driven and tactical, but tutorials effectively explain what to do.

Violence

Players encounter and kill many monsters for experience points and loot using medieval weapons such as swords and crossbows, as well as magical attacks. Enemies sometimes splatter with blood and cry out when hit, but the graphics are not overly gory. The bodies of defeated enemies remain visible and can be looted.

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Consumerism

Like most Facebook games, Heroes of Neverwinter is free to play but encourages players to purchase extra energy (which allows more adventuring) and powerful items using real-world money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Players can visit a pub in town and purchase alcoholic drinks such as port, stout, and ale to restore energy.

Privacy & safety

Some safety concerns. Players can interact with Facebook friends who have also added the game by sending them gifts, visiting their houses, and recruiting them into their adventuring party.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Heroes of Neverwinter is a Dungeons & Dragons-themed role-playing game played on the Facebook social network. The game is free to play, but players can spend a premium currency called Astral Diamonds (purchased with real money) to speed up the game and buy powerful items. Interestingly, Heroes of Neverwinter offers players the option of unlocking unlimited energy for 250 Astral Diamonds (about $25). Players will kill monsters and sometimes see blood splattered. There are scenes that depict drinking alcohol.

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What's it about?

HEROES OF NEVERWINTER has the classic feel of a D&D adventure game, with gameplay that has been simplified to adapt to the social game format. Players use the town of Neverwinter as a home base where they can buy items and equipment and recruit a party of adventurers (selecting from Fighter, Wizard, Cleric, and Rogue character classes) before heading out onto the world map and engaging in short missions that involve turn-based tactical RPG gameplay. Players can only complete so many missions before running out of energy, whereupon they can wait for it to recharge or pay real money for an instant refill.

Is it any good?

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Heroes of Neverwinter is an enjoyable RPG with a nice variety of quests that require the player to strategically control four party members to make the best use of their diverse talents. At level 10, players can create their own dungeons (a maze-type environment to traverse) and receive gold every time someone else completes them. Players can also take Facebook friends adventuring in their party, but overall the social interactions are somewhat limited. Like most Facebook games, players can spend premium currency -- called Astral Diamonds -- on extra energy and special items, but the experience is still enjoyable without having to pay. Interestingly, Heroes of Neverwinter offers players the option of unlocking unlimited energy for 250 Astral Diamonds (about $25).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fact that this game gives players the option of unlocking unlimited energy by paying a flat fee. Is this something that more Facebook games should be doing? Would you pay it?

  • How do you choose which characters to recruit into your party? How do the different character classes complement each other and work well together?

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free with Microtransactions
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Atari
Release date:October 3, 2011
Genre:Role Playing
Topics:Magic and fantasy
ESRB rating:NR for (Facebook)

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Kid, 12 years old January 8, 2012
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Love D&D but disappointed with this

this is sad, i love dungeons and dragons things from the board game to the online one. but this was a sad attempt to get more fans i tried it and was utterly disappointed in the graphics, the character customization, and fact you have to buy everything. graphics are terrible and i could draw something better than that. total waste of time so don't even bother.

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