A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
A strong heroine fights to save her kingdom (and the world) from a power-hungry vampire and an evil artifact.
Positive Role Models
Strong male and female heroes are shown working together to defeat evil.
Ease of Play
Rules and strategy take time to learn, but a good tutorial and flexible difficulty settings makes the gameplay accessible to everyone.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon fantasy violence is shown as characters use swords, catapults, and other weapons to attack each other. The violence is limited by retro pixel art, and defeated combatants simply vanish from the field.
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While the game doesn't feature any inappropriate language, players can be exposed to inappropriate comments if they choose to play multiplayer online.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wargroove is a turn-based, fantasy strategy game with a Japanese animation aesthetic available for download on the PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and Windows PCs. It contains a multiplayer mode that can be played locally or online (players are randomly matched with opponents or can search friends with a friend code) and offers voice chat through popular online voice chat service, Discord. Discord users are automatically connected to the online Wargroove community, which means they could be exposed to profanity, inappropriate conversations, and bullying. Built in tools let players create and share their own maps and mini-movies online; to do the latter, players must agree to the game's EULA (End User License Agreement) which states that while developer Chucklefish is dedicated to protecting kids from exposure to content deemed obscene, racist, or bullying, user-created content isn't monitored by the company. While players use swords, catapults, and other weapons to destroy opponents, the pixel art of the game eliminates the possibility of blood and gore being shown, and defeated enemies simply vanish from view.
Is It Any Good?
This Indie strategy game, with its anime story, great pixel graphics, and addictive turn-based gameplay makes it great for strategy fans and tactical newcomers alike. Players young and old will be immediately sucked into Wargroove's land of Aurania thanks to charming, colorful pixel art and a noble, brave heroine -- Princess Mercia of Cherrystone. An expert tutorial teaches you and Mercia how to fight, making rules that could feel overwhelming feel accessible and fun. After that, turn-based combat in the single player Campaign mode gives you plenty of time to learn strategy and think about your next moves. The twelve hour Campaign spins a good (if typical) fantasy yarn full of emotion and unexpected humor, and finishing it unlocks additional Commanders, Wargroove lore, and the entertaining single player Arcade and Puzzle modes. It also gives you the skills you need to take on multiplayer.
Multiplayer pits two to four players against one another in real time or turn-based matches via Quick Play or friend code. While Wargroove has no text chat, it's got a built-in link to the voice chat service, Discord, and allows for cross-platform play among players on Nintendo Switch, PC, and Xbox One. This is all great stuff for strategy game lovers, but perhaps better than all of that are the built in tools that gives you the power to create your own maps and cutscenes and share them online. These tools are so amazingly intuitive and easy, you can make your own custom map in minutes. There's a healthy number of player-created maps in the Custom Content menu already, and it's easy to imagine ambitious types creating some incredible story campaigns. It's unfortunate that the PlayStation 4 version doesn't support cross-platform play, but it does let players access all player created content. With all of this on offer at a reasonable $19.99, Wargroove is good, kid-friendly entertainment that will keep your kids busy for hours. It's so good in fact, you'll be sneaking off to play it once the kids are in bed.
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