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What 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?
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).
Talk to your kids 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?
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