Empires and Allies

 
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War strategy Facebook game is polished fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This strategy game promotes warfare. Players defend their homes against invading forces and can choose to invade or help others. There are many more opportunities to help than to invade others.

Positive role models

Characters in this game come in all genders and races. The main commander who leads the storyline is female. They command battles, but are clearly "good guys."

Ease of play

The user interface is extremely simple and everything is accomplished by a mouse-click.

Violence

Violence is depicted via explosions and black smoke clouds. Planes, tanks, and ships disappear in a cloud of black smoke and ground troops turn into gravestones for a second or two before disappearing. Everything has a very cartoon-ish look and feel.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can purchase Empire Points with real money. Empire points are used to buy premium items rather than earning them through play. They can also be used to reduce time for resources to replenish. Advertising for this system is not pushy, but it is seen in each quest window.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns: Games on Facebook typically ask players permission to post achievements for others to see and encourage players to invite more friends to play. Here, there is added temptation to invite strangers because players gain rewards by visiting friends and can gift items to each other.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Empires and Allies is a war strategy game on Facebook that encourages players to create a large circle of friends, which could cause privacy concerns. It is free to play, but players can spend real money to purchase premium items and speed up play. There is some violence, but it cartoon-ish in presentation. Parents should also know that this game is published by the same company that created Mafia Wars and Farmville, two very popular and addictive Facebook games.

What's it about?

In EMPIRES AND ALLIES the Dark Alliance has attacked your country and you must defend your humble island nation and assist your allies. Players begin by clearing the land of destroyed buildings before setting to work building their own. They can create homes for refugees and workers, as well as farms, lumber yards, oil rigs, and ore mines to gather the materials they need. Players must also construct the means to defend their land, including barracks, naval shipyards, and hangars to manufacture the machines of war.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Empires and Allies is the latest offering from Zynga and is easily the most polished of their various building games, which include Frontierville and Cityville. It places a strong focus on community, which makes working with neighbors essential. Each player makes only one kind of ore, which means they have to obtain other kinds by asking friends for them, picking them up as a reward for helping allies, or buying them from their friends' markets. Icons on the friend's ladder show when rewards may be received by helping out on a friend's island. This leads to the temptation to add as many players as possible to your community, which leads to privacy issues for younger players.

With the ability to participate in war games in the storyline as well as against friends and their attackers, the game can be quite compelling.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about Facebook Privacy. Do you realize that everyone you invite as a friend can see your wall and your photos? Do you know who these people are? Do you want them to see everything?

  • Families can also talk about creating a separate profile just to play games so kids can add people who do not have permission to see their photo albums or post to their walls.

Game details

Platforms:Facebook
Price:Free & Microtransaction
Available online?Available online
Release date:June 9, 2011
Genre:Strategy
ESRB rating:NR for Not Available (Facebook)

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Teen, 15 years old Written byLegend736 March 31, 2012
 

No,I dont want to buy!

This game does everything it can to persuade you tto buy items.Play a proper strategy game like Age of Empires instead.
Parent Written bycromat October 22, 2013
 

Empires and Allies

Yeah, the game is pretty cool. I am playing it now for about 2 years. Also, I found a working Empires And Allies Hack. Try it here: www(dot)fbgameshacks(dot)com/empires-and-allies-hack(dot)html
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Great messages
Adult Written bySantosRating August 12, 2011
 

Good Game

Just Fine! Rating:10+/OC
What other families should know
Too much violence

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