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What's it about?
In ANIMATION THROWDOWN, an industrial accident that you caused forces the fictional universes of Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's Burgers, King of the Hill, and American Dad to cross over and fight each other. Except that instead of putting up their dukes, characters such as Leela, Brian, and Hank Hill use cards of their fellow characters to battle it out. In other words, it's like the card game War, but with a mutant space pilot, a talking dog, and the assistant manager of a rural Texas propane company.
Is it any good?
Though there are deeper and more complicated card battle games, few are as weird and funny as this cartoon-inspired one. In Animation Throwdown, you basically play the card game War, but with characters from the adult cartoons Family Guy, King of the Hill, Futurama, American Dad, and Bob's Burgers. You even get to combine some cards into better ones. Put Hermes from Futurama with "Sports," for instance, and he becomes "Limbo Champion," and his attacks are raised from a 4 to a 6. But while this can be engaging if you enjoy card battle games and these animated sitcoms, you need to be fans of both to really find this fun ... and funny. While the gameplay is hardly shallow, it doesn't have the depth or complexity of similar games. It also has the same weird and often rude humor as these shows, especially where Family Guy and American Dad are concerned, so only older fans need apply. But the biggest problem with a game that focuses on animated TV shows is: Where the heck are The Simpsons? Despite these issues, though, fans of similar card battle games and these 'toons will have fun duking it out with Animation Throwdown.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about marketing to kids. Obviously, the people who made Animation Throwdown want to make money, but they also want to promote these shows. Does playing this game make you want to watch Family Guy or Bob's Burgers?
Talk about money management. Does it make any sense to spend money on Animation Throwdown, given that you can earn in-game currency just by playing?
Families can also talk about rude humor. Do you find the naughty humor in Animation Throwdown to be funny? Can you understand why it might not appeal to everyone?
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