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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Army of Darkness Defense is a defend-the-castle style game set in the universe of the cult horror film. Rather than defending an area from a 10,000 foot view, which so many of these sorts of games do, you play as Ash, the film's hero, fighting on the ground alongside peasants, swordsmen, and more. Wave after wave of enemies, including skeletons and flying necronomicon books, storm the town and players have to kill them all before moving to the next level. Along the way, they'll earn coins for upgrades to weapons and their troops. The game also lets users use real world cash to buy in-game coins if they want to make it easier. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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Is it any good?
The Army of Darkness is one of the more popular cult films around, so making an app based on it is risky. Army of Darkness Defense does it well, though, blending the film's most famous soundbytes with the classic defense gameplay. The cartoonish look of the game actually blends well with the quotes and the game comes with plenty of modes to keep fans entertained. Smartly, instead of creating something complicated, the developers went the casual route, letting you have fun, but realizing that the one-liners from star Bruce Campbell are what many people will be interested in. Licensed games are often terrible, but this is a pleasant surprise for fans of the film -- though if you've never watched it, you might wonder what all the fuss is about.
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