Review The Hunger Games: Panem Rising
A card game with Hunger Games branding
Author: Kevin Vadala
Date: 05 Apr 2017, tested on Samsung GT-I9500 Galaxy S4
Easy but boring game, microtransactions galore
The Hunger Games: Panem Rising for Android is a card based fighting game that incorporates Hunger Games art design and movie references in order to get downloads and make money.
The game starts out like so many of these card battling games do. You are told the story of Hunger Games through text dialogue which really has nothing to do with the game besides provide a graphical context. The districts are being punished for rebelling and now have to send tributes to slaughter each other. You can see the different characters faces (Haymitch, and Katniss) explaining things about the movies and then you quickly move on (or rather directed to from the games interactive tutorial) to a battle. But first your explore the headlands which is done by repeatedly pushing a button in front of some scenery. Then you get some stats and cards?
You get your crappy cards with low ratings (why does the factory worker have to be black?) and then the game explains to you how crappy they are. You fight a battle against a guard, and the game plays the battle for you and you don't even have to do anything. Easy peasy! And guess what, after the battle you get a rare card of a tribute fighter ( I can't even remember his name). Then you fuse this card with the low rated factory worker and you have a super tribute with mediocre stats! Wohoooooo!
After you get your card you are shown various microtransactions and sweet deals that will get you the best cards to win battles that are all automated. So do you get the point of this game yet?
Hunger Games: Panem Rising is barely a game at all. It just uses common human manipulation tactics to entice users into spending money on a brand that is very popular right now.