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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a free-to-play fantasy action and role-playing game. Taking on the role of a rich and greedy warrior looking to get even richer, players use spells and melee weapons to battle through hordes of mythological creatures ranging from angry rats to fire-breathing dragons. There's no blood, but the dead bodies of minions are piled high. Although the focus is fighting, players also get to create their own castles and must think strategically to arrange defenses. Keep in mind that although the game is free to download and play, it does encourage in-game purchases.
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What's it about?
THE MIGHTY QUEST FOR EPIC LOOT takes place in a fantasy world in which wealthy warriors have left the commoners on the ground and moved their magic castles into the sky. However, the war to be richest rages on among these combat-crazy aristocrats, who raid each others' castles to add to their treasure. Players spend half their time attacking other players' fortresses floating nearby, hacking and slashing their way through countless minions to earn loot. The other half is spent designing, augmenting, and tinkering with their own castles, choosing how to connect rooms and where to place minions and traps. As the game progresses, players earn better weapons that make their heroes more powerful and can spend their treasure on castle upgrades. It's completely free to play; no purchases are necessary to win. However, players can augment the game by purchasing characters, castle themes, and timed experience boosts that will help them advance a bit more quickly.
Is it any good?
The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot has some interesting and original ideas -- such as the castle-building twist -- and its in-game purchase scheme is surprisingly benign, which is to say you don't actually need to buy anything to win. Plus, the action is simple and accessible to start, even for people who may not normally play dungeon crawlers.
But it eventually starts to unravel. Most of the player-made castles end up feeling very similar, with players placing all their minions and traps in a single room in a concentrated attempt to overwhelm invaders. And progress starts to crawl around level 15, forcing players to invest more and more time with diminishing rewards. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is undeniably innovative and begins with great potential, but it eventually turns into a repetitive grind.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about making responsible spending decisions while playing free-to-play games. How do you determine whether you should spend money on in-game offerings such as virtual items, characters, and experience boosts? How do you know when you've spent enough?
You also can discuss the impact of violence in media. What defines violence? Does a lack of blood make a violent act easier to watch? How is violence different in games as opposed to television and film?
- Platforms: Windows
- Subjects: Hobbies: building
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: strategy
Creativity: imagination, making new creations, producing new content
Tech Skills: digital creation
- Price: Free-to-play with in-game purchases
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: UbiSoft
- Release date: February 26, 2014
- Genre: Role-Playing
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- ESRB rating: T for Fantasy Violence, Mild Language
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