WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Westworld is a strategy/simulation game based on the popular sci-fi television series. Using the show as a framework, it casts users as employees of the Delos Corporation: the owners and creators of the next-gen western theme park, Westworld. Users take on the job of managing the park, which means a range of duties: manufacturing and maintaining robot hosts, matching them with guests according to temperament and activity, and making sure park guests have the best time possible. To do this, they must build and upgrade areas of the park as well as the underground Delos offices. While balancing work duties, they must also discover the source of a series of strange messages that suggest the presence of something dark behind the theme park's upbeat facade.
IS IT ANY GOOD?
This great little app takes a PG approach to the hit TV show, removing most of the adult-themed stuff while accurately representing the show's plot and mechanics. HBO's Westworld series features a theme park where people fulfill their wildest fantasies, and as such, is full of violence, profanity, and sexual content. There's still some nudity in the app (with naked robots without genitalia lying on exam tables), and some violence (as robots can be killed by dissatisfied guests), but it's presented much more gently. The saloon is a place for card games, harmless barroom brawls, and "romance" rather than prostitution, and the sadistic behavior of the guests is removed. Because of this, you can feel good manipulating this faux Western world and enjoy unraveling the mystery behind it. The generous free play structure lets you play a good hour or two without spending money, allowing you to get swept up in the cute artwork and fun mechanics. Still, you'll think about the grittiness of the show and wonder, "Why does the app have kid-friendly graphics?" Or "won't the app make kids curious about a show that's strictly adults-only?" It's questionable marketing for sure, but in spite of that disconnect, the Westworld app offers some fun strategy gameplay and interesting storytelling. Better still, (if you can see beyond the cute presentation) it still asks the complex moral questions of the show – questions that could be good conversation starters for you and your kids.
RATING AND CONTENT
Recommended for ages 12 and older
Quality: 4 out of 5
Ease of play: 3 out of 5
Violence: 2 out of 5
Sex: 1 out of 5
Language: 0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, and smoking: 1 out of 5
Consumerism: 3 out of 5
Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price: Free (With optional in-app purchases.)
Release date: June 21, 2018
Category: Strategy games
Size: 232.50 MB
Publisher: Warner Bros. Entertainment
Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
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