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Mabinogi Duel - NEXON Company

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Mabinogi Duel is a turn based role playing game. Caution:in-app purchases, online interactivity, nudity, horror themes, fantasy violence

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No gambling content found in the levels played

This review of Mabinogi Duel was completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 1 October 2015.

About the app

This section contains details about the app provided by an ACCM Reviewer.

Name of app: Mabinogi Duel
Developed by: NEXON Company
Platform reviewed: Apple App Store, Google Play
Cost: Free
Developer’s suggested age: Google Play Store: Mature, Nudity, Horror themes, Online interactivity; iTunes Store: 12+ years.
ACCM suggested age: 16+ due to in-app purchases, online interactivity, nudity, horror themes, fantasy violence
Gambling content advice: No gambling content found in the levels played

ACCM review

This review of Mabinogi Duel contains the following information:

The level to which the game was reviewed

This review focuses on levels: 1-6.

App description

Mabinogi Duel is a turn-based role-playing game that involves utilising card characters to battle opponents. The objective of the game is to collect and trade cards, and to use these characters in battles to fight enemies as part of a storyline. Players earn in-game rewards by doing this. There are limited skills needed, but visual and motor skills assist in gameplay.

Reviewers comments

When the app is first installed and opened, players are asked to either sign in with an existing ID, or create a new ID. Upon creating a new ID, players are asked to type in a username ‘that won’t offend others’. Players are then shown a scary animation – there is a man in a hooded red robe, as well as a very large mechanical figure looking foreboding in the distance. The scene is dark and rainy, and another giant shadowy monster soon appears. There is also a female character wearing armour and holding a sword – she makes a threatening comment about destroying the monster.

Players are shown another brief animation stating that they will become part of the world by travelling with two other characters, Remiel and Sarah. Gameplay begins when players witness the beginnings of a card battle – there are two Goblins in the centre of the screen on card images, and players must tap on their own Elf cards to battle against them. Each card has different statistics regarding health and attack damage, as do the opponents. Players must drag the card up towards the enemy card in order to activate an attack. The game presents ‘attacking’ as small bursts of light/explosions from one card to another – no blood is seen, and no wounds are presented. After a battle, players win rewards in the form of gold coins and experience points.

Enemies take the form of stereotypical monsters such as Goblins, Skeletons, etc. During battles, the cards will talk back to players – for example, a card with a large lion on it Rawws and asks to be placed into battle to support the other character cards. Players are able to create new decks with a different range of attack cards at any time. Players also have the option of selling cards for in-game coins.

The app contains several video tutorials regarding how to play, as well as an option to Add Friends by typing in their username. If a friend accepts the request, players are then able to trade cards with their friends.

Gems can be used to refill stamina, allowing players to engage in more battles. Gems are an in-app purchase within the game, and can be bought with real-life currency in packages such as 10 gems for $1.32, 55 gems for $6.58, 110 gems for $13.15, and 350 gems for $39.46. Gems can also be acquired as a reward within the game, in smaller numbers.

The app may require supervision for younger players, with horror-type themes and imagery during the cut-scenes, as well as a highly sexualised presentation of female characters (see Gender Stereotypes and Sexual References), and mild animated violence within the card battles.

In App purchasing

Gems are an in-app purchase within the game, and can be bought with real-life currency in packages such as 10 gems for $1.32, 55 gems for $6.58, 110 gems for $13.15, and 350 gems for $39.46. Gems can also be acquired as a reward within the game, in smaller numbers.

Online information

Players have the option to Add Friends by typing in their specific username. If a friend accepts the request, players are then able to trade cards with their friends.

Gambling

No gambling content found during this review.

Gender stereo types and sexual references

Within the game, some of the female characters are presented in a highly sexualised manner, wearing very revealing clothing.

Game playing behaviour which may be of concern to some parents

This game contains nudity, horror themes and fantasy violence.

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