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Obey Me! app ratings
What is Obey Me?
In order to progress through the game, players must follow the storyline – often getting to choose their own path or shape their own version of events – while also taking part in daily tasks and “dance battles” in order to collect cards, in-game currency, and items. While many of these cards and items are free, the game does have some in-game purchase elements, including a loot-box style “rewards system”, but these are not necessary to purchase in order to progress.
What are otome games, and why do kids like them?
Otome games are very similar in style to “choose your own adventure” books or games, but with romance added as a key plot point. The genre is relatively popular in Japan among teenagers and younger women, as they tap into fantasy and ideation while giving the player control over the romantic storyline. Many otome games offer intricate storylines which help keep the player interested – there are so many variations in games like Obey Me! that kids can get heavily invested in where their storyline will end.
Is Obey Me! safe for kids?
“A person under the age of 20 may use the Services only if consent of their legal representative (such as a person in parental authority) is obtained for the Service Agreement”.
In addition, although the initial download is free, Obey Me! is designed to encourage in-app purchases, as the more items and in-game currency the user has, the more enjoyable the game becomes. Those who are invested in the storyline would have more incentive to spend on in-app purchases. In addition to an addictive roleplay style storyline, wherein the player learns new information bit by bit, the game also rewards users who spend more time on the app with additional items to collect, incentivising increased playtime.
How can I make Obey Me! safe for my kids?
There’s no real way to make Obey Me! safe for kids if your worry is its romantic aspect and storyline. While there is not much in the way of explicit sexual content encountered during gameplay, the game’s entire premise is based on the seduction of various male characters. This type of game is more suitable for those who have the emotional maturity to understand the relationships and intimacies detailed during gameplay – which most teenagers and young children lack.
Qustodio’s final advice on Obey Me!
In addition, if you’re interested in your child spending quality time on their device, or want to encourage them to play games that either boost skills in some way (such as educational games, or logic-based games) or which boost their decision-making skills and thought processes, Obey Me! is not the game for this. While not every game needs to educate your child in some way – playing for fun is a huge aspect of video gaming – the gameplay itself is relatively mindless, with no real skills other than reading and screen pressing required to advance.
In addition, the romantic elements of the storyline are highly unrealistic, tapping into young adult and teenage fantasies, and not much more. Considering the nature of gameplay, the suggestive themes, and the heavy pressure on players to spend money, overall we find Obey Me! to be unsuitable for young players under 18.