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The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot

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Creative free-to-play brawler laced with in-game purchases.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although much of the game is spent engaged in mindless fantasy combat, there's also a creative and strategic element that has to do with designing a castle and developing its defenses that encourages imagination and inventive thinking.

Positive role models

The game's so-called "heroes" are actually ultra-rich aristocrats greedily attacking and stealing each other's treasures to become even more wealthy.

Ease of play

Action starts off simple and easy. Simply click to move and attack minions. However, the game slowly becomes more difficult, with failure eventually becoming the norm rather than the exception (thankfully, players may continue to earn experience and loot even if their hero perishes).

Violence

Players use magic spells, bows and arrows, and a huge array of melee weapons -- swords, axes, hammers, maces, and more -- to fight various fantastical minions, including skeletons, dragons, trolls, and evil chickens. The action is presented from a raised perspective, and there is no blood or gore, but enemies cry out when hit and dead bodies litter the ground. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language

A character mentions being "pissed off."

Consumerism

In-game purchases are available. Players are encouraged to buy characters, inventory slots, experience and currency boosts, and other virtual items using real-world money.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

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?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk 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?

Game details

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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Teen, 14 years old Written byThatHobbit May 6, 2014

Decent game, good for kids

I don't quite understand csm's pause for 13 year olds review, as this game hardly has anything to suggest this....oh well. The Mighty Quest for Epic Loot is a pretty straightforward game- build a castle to protect your stuff, raid someone else's castle to get their things. Not a too great message, but I think most kids could handle it. Violence is pretty minimal. You battle monsters to get in to opponent's castles, but the monsters are very cartoonish and not human-like at all. A decent free to play game for children over 10.
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