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Iron Harvest

Game review by
Jeff Haynes, Common Sense Media
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Real-time strategy war game set in alternate World War I.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Iron Harvest is an upcoming real-time strategy (RTS) game for Windows PCs. The game takes place in an alternate Earth "dieselpunk" setting after the first War, where soldiers found themselves taking the battlefields with large, oil-powered mechanized vehicles. While peace has been negotiated between countries, it's a very tense, shaky halt to conflict, as the war-torn citizens attempt to pick up the pieces and put their lives together, including "harvesting" parts from the scrapped machines in their fields. Unfortunately, with countries eager to get their hands on vital natural resources, it's only a matter of time before war breaks out once again. The game comes with a single player story that spans more than 20 missions and covers three separate factions in this new conflict: Polania, Saxony Empire, or Rusviet. Each side has its own unique units and heroes, each with their own abilities that can be used to turn the tide of battle in your favor. Unlike other RTS games, the focus isn't on building your economy before attacking the enemy. Instead, your engineers are perhaps some of the most vital parts of your army, because they can repair vehicles and buildings, capture resources, collect gear from fallen enemies, and scavenge destroyed units for scrap that can be reused by your forces. As a result, players are more focused on protecting their squads and clawing for parcels of ground that can be easily defended and protected, which in turn makes fights more tactical and strategic than other RTS conflicts. Obviously, combat is the main focus of gameplay, but even though there's explosions, soldiers that can be set on fire, and massive robots that can be destroyed, there's very little blood or gore shown. Most soldiers disappear shortly after they're killed, while the remains of mechs are scattered across the battlefield. Otherwise, there shouldn't be any inappropriate content included in the game.

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