A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
The story of this title isn't the focus, and the gameplay is centered around violence and antics. The content shouldn't be actively harmful to teenage players, but it's not a positive influence either.
Positive Role Models
As most of the main cast is a group of demons, there's not much in the form of positive character traits displayed in Makai Kingdom.
Ease of Play
The controls are extremely user-friendly and don't take long to get used to. This title offers a lot of freedom to its players to figure out what battle strategies will work best for them and also manages to be neither too difficult nor too simplistic.
Violence & Scariness
Attacks in Makai Kingdom are far from realistic. Characters often use cartoonishly large weapons and/or fight monsters instead of humans.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some female-presenting sprites are drawn in a sexualized manner, and there are a few jokes that are derogatory to the female-presenting characters.
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Though the language is mild (using words such as "hell," "crap," and "damn"), these words are used frequently by some of the demon overlord characters.
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Products & Purchases
This is a republished version of a game that came out in 2005, and is a spin-off of the Disgaea franchise, which has inspired games and a TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound is a tactical strategy game for Nintendo Switch and Microsoft Windows. Originally released in 2005 for gaming consoles, this classic turn-based RPG (role-playing game) is a re-published version of the same title for updated systems. As part of the Disgaea series, players can expect a funny and lighthearted take on a high-fantasy story and opportunities for highly-customizable battle strategy. There's some inappropriate content in the form of frequent language (such as "hell," "crap," "damn") and sexual themes. While violence is frequent and the point of the game, the combat is cartoonish and frequently against demons rather than human characters.
Is It Any Good?
This re-released version doesn't seem to change anything from the original 2005 edition, but it doesn't really need any changes. Overall, Makai Kingdom: Reclaimed and Rebound is a solid strategy game with fun combat and freedom to battle how the player chooses. Each stage is just different enough to keep players interested, and there's a reason why this is a title that deserves a re-release. It does what similar games by Nippon Ichi Software do best: offering a combat system that's polished, intuitive, and continuously entertaining. While the overarching story is very similar to others by the same publisher, the dialogue is undeniably funny and very on-brand for fans of other titles in the Disgaea universe.
Perhaps the most iconic feature of these games is the depth of strategy players can engage with, and Makai Kingdom is a great example of that. For instance, by having the choice as to how many characters a player can invite onto the battlefield at once, stages can either be easier or more difficult based on how much help is enlisted. Players can also customize their parties by creating members of any class they want to play. Stages can be easier by recruiting a party with many different strengths and weaknesses or made more difficult by deliberately leaving out an important role, like a healer. Players also have the freedom to change their strategy from battle to battle, as they can choose a completely new party in every stage. Because these features are seamless, and because they are a more beginner-friendly version of customization features in newer titles like Disgaea 5 and Disgaea 6 , Makai Kingdom might have an even wider range of potential players it could appeal to.
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