Age of Zombies Anniversary

Common Sense Media says

Undead shooter isn't as lively as you'd hope.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls follow the fairly standard twin thumbstick design and work fairly well, but the waves of zombies are often overwhelming. 

Violence

The game is a nonstop symphony of violence. You kill zombies, which come in ever-increasing waves using a pistol, shotgun, submachine guns, grenades, and more. When enemies are killed, they leave a cartoonish blood splatter, which fades. 

Sex
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Language

Hero Barry Steakfries uses words like "badass" along with questionable phrases like "Holy balls!" and "crapped my pants."

Consumerism

Other games from the developer are prominently featured on the main menu. Users can also unlock all levels of the game with a 99-cent in-app purchase. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The game makes mention of "Big Jimmy Bob's Ultimate Beer and Burger Bar."

Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Age of Zombies Anniversary is a time-traveling zombie shoot 'em up that features constant violence and some questionable language. Players shoot an array of weapons at waves of zombies, mummies, and more, with cartoon blood appearing on screen when they're killed. The game also features an in-app purchase opportunity to unlock all of the game's levels. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Barry Steakfries is one of those heroes you feel you should be rooting for, but you don't always succeed. He tries hard to come up with one-liners in this time-traveling shooter, but they're really not that funny, and the game ultimately feels somewhat paint by numbers: Get the weapon drop, kills lots of monsters, run to get breathing room, repeat. This edition is a nice visual improvement on its earlier version, and the game has a vocal fan base, but it's clear to newcomers that developer Halfbrick was just figuring out to do with the character in this early appearance. (Thankfully, they made him mute and more likable in later games.)

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:November 17, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:36.70 MB
Publisher:Halfbrick Studios
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 8 years old May 28, 2012
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8
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Nice game but violent

Good game but too violent for little children
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Kid, 9 years old July 11, 2014
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9
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Very fun, but gory.

Even if Berry swears, at least it's not as bad as the PS3 edition.
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Too much violence
Too much swearing
Teen, 13 years old Written byshadowpikachu12 July 14, 2012
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help

can you turn dialog off? please answer!!!
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Too much violence
Too much swearing

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