Parents' Guide to

Mercenary Kings

By Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Polished, full-featured retro shooter is unexpectedly gory.

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Mercenary Kings is an undeniably well-designed and polished ode to retro gaming. Its platforming and shooting mechanics are intuitive and comfortable, and mission progression is satisfying. Multiplayer is virtually seamless -- other players just pop into your world once you set your profile to online -- and the simple crafting system adds a nice dash of modernity to what's otherwise a resolutely old-fashioned run-and-gun gaming experience.

The hurdle to enjoying it all comes in the player's willingness to readjust to some old-fashioned gaming conventions. Many levels have arbitrary timers, which can prove frustrating if they run out just as you're about to complete an objective. Although firefights should feel comfortable to players experienced with older games, younger players may grow frustrated by the limitation of only being able to aim in a few directions. Add to this a depiction of female characters that embraces decades-old women-soldier stereotypes (think 1980s Arnold Schwarzenegger movies), and the experience could be a hard one for some players to swallow.

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