A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is a fantasy role-playing game that doesn't attempt to deliver any messages. But unlike other Kingdom Rush games, you play as a general in the dark army, working for the malevolent Vez'nan dark lord. Therefore, you must kill humans, which some parents won't like.
Positive Role Models
You don't play as a central character in this game. Instead, you're controlling an army of evil warriors, out to destroy humans. You will take command over orcs, dark wizards, a vampire, skeletons, and other beasts.
While fantastical, the game has good representation in gender, age, and body type. You don't play as humans, but there is diversity. The humans you go up against are also diverse in look -- but the story doesn't explore any race relations, and such.
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Ease of Play
Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+ is fairly simple to control. This strategy game has you tapping to move units, choosing an attack and enemy, building up defensive structures, and more. The game offers four difficulty levels: Casual, Normal, Veteran, and Impossible.
Violence & Scariness
There's some violence and animated blood, but the graphics are cartoonish, the characters are 2D and small (not a realistic first-person view), and it's all in a fantasy setting. When striking an opponent with a melee weapon (like a sword or club) or range weapon (such as a bow and arrow, or magic blast), the player may see a drop of red blood, which then disappears. Fallen enemies disappear, too. There are some growls, creepy grunts and other "scary sounds" that come out of your Heroes, too.
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Products & Purchases
This is the latest title in the Kingdom Rush franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There is a level name with the word "Brewery" in it. but there's no beer or other alcohol in this game.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+ is a downloadable strategy game exclusively for Apple Arcade. It's the latest chapter in the Kingdom Rush franchise. Combat is the focus of the game, and fights include a visible drop or two of blood from injured characters. There are some violent taunts, too (like "Any last words?" and "An arrow to your knee!"), and some scary sounds, like devilish laughter, "demon" grunts, crows cawing, and so on. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of tower defense games should not hesitate to download and play this highly polished Apple Arcade exclusive. It's a near perfect game, but multiplayer support would have made Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+ that much better. As the core gameplay goes, it doesn't veer away from what made this decade-old franchise so sought-after. You'll be presented with a map, often with winding roads the enemies will travel down. You're also tasked with choosing which tower to build (now with a total of 19 to choose from), which ones to upgrade, and dropping in troops to attack the enemy, with melee or ranged weapons (including magic). Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+ offers 30 different upgrades to train your army, along with bonus reinforcements you can use in a pinch. Like any good strategy game, executing any of these moves uses up resources, which are limited, so you need to choose carefully and select the right towers, troops, and upgrades to do the job across the half-dozen realms.
Again, the goal is to prevent the onslaught of rival soldiers from reaching your base. Bosses and Challenging Stages add even more breadth and depth to the overall package. But as much as fun as this game is -- especially with no ads or microtransactions to be concerned with -- many may feel the lack of multiplayer limits the replayability. Sure, you can play these levels on one of the harder difficulty options, but it would have been great to host or join a 1v1 game against a human to test your skill, and perhaps chat at the same time. Still, there's a lot to love about Kingdom Rush Vengeance TD+. From the outstanding production (high-resolution graphics, and great music and sound effects) to a variety in levels and an abundance of enemies and towers to master, this is a game you no doubt will play for a long while.
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