A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Shadow Era boasts a generic "Good vs. Evil" plot that casts players as the hero of the story.
Positive Role Models
There isn't a lot of interaction between characters, but the game does offer brief explanations about why the player must engage the next foe, which is typically a monster or enemy who is up to no good.
Ease of Play
Overall, the game is easy to pick up and play. However, players will have to go out of the game and read online help files to grasp the game's finer nuances.
Violence & Scariness
Some cards can be used to attack using magic and medieval weapons like swords and bows. Attacks are shown as elementary animations, like a sword slicing over the opponent's card. Damage is sometimes indicated by blood splatters, but overall the violence is heavily stylized and not gory.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Most of the female characters on the cards wear skimpy outfits, which show cleavage and bare midriffs.
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Products & Purchases
Kids can purchase individual cards and starter packs to increase the power of their deck in one of two ways: coins (which take a lot of time to earn), or Shadow Crystals, a premium currency that is obtained with real money or by participating in partner offers, which may require signing up for free trials of other products.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Shadow Era is a free-to-play online collectible card game (CCG) that can be played in PC and Mac web browsers (and on the iPhone, iPad or Android mobile platforms). Kids can play against computer opponents, or challenge other players online. The game is free to play, but players can gain an advantage by spending real money to expand their decks with the best cards. There is some highly stylized violence such as when a player uses a sword card and it then slices an opponent's card. Occasional blood splatters may appear. Female characters on the cards can appear in suggestive outfits. This review was based on the PC web browser version.
Is It Any Good?
Shadow Era is a compelling and well-balanced card game that will appeal to gamers who enjoy collectible card games and the strategy they involve. The game is cross-platform, meaning players can access their deck from any supported device, and play against opponents on different devices -- the only catch being that said device must be connected to the Internet. Shadow Era could use better in-game tutorials instead of driving players to online help files to learn the game's nuances, but overall it's fairly easy to pick up and play.
It's quite possible to enjoy the game without spending real-world money, and players can still build a respectable deck by spending the in-game coins instead of the premium currency. However, earning coins is a much, much slower process that will require a very hefty time investment that not all players might be willing to make.
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