Army of Darkness Defense HD

Common Sense Media says

Violent tie-in to popular horror cult film, but no blood.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game uses minimal controls that are very easy to learn. The difficulty comes with determining when to use specific resources, particularly when enemies overwhelm the screen.


The entire point of the game is to kill enemies using a shotgun, your fists, swords, chainsaws, and other methods. There's no blood, though your troops do scream when killed by the skeletons and other enemies.

Not applicable

No cursing, but the game lifts lines from the film with terms like "screwheads".


The game is tied to a horror film series. Also, on the main menu, a link opens a page of other titles by the developer. Players can buy coins using real world cash for in-game upgrades.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:May 12, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Adult Written byirishlade June 22, 2011

Army Of Darkness Defense

I'd like to start of by saying that this is a great app based off of one great movie. I found its gameplay to be repetative but highly addicting. It's controls are very easy to learn and understand, the graphical design looks smooth but gives the game a quirky and orginal feel, and its audio aspect's make me chuckle when Ash (the main character) comes out with a corney one-liner. As far as children playing it goes, I really think as long as your child knows violence is a bad thing they wont have any problem playing this. You (for the most part) fight a skeleton army that does not bleed when they die, you can shoot their head off but its just a flying skull that quickly disappers. Your own men do bleed when hit, but only slight quick pixely bursts before they drop to the ground and quickly disapper. There is no language or sexual references, however it is based off an R rated film with all of the above which is why I gave it a warning for product placement. Other then that I would let a 12 to 13 year old play it no problem
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Kid, 11 years old July 27, 2011


It's an highly addictive game that'll please Army Of Darkness fans such as myself. However, the real reason I'm posting this review is to correct the 15+ review. This website is biased to horror movies. It has next to no blood & the controls are easy enough for a 4 year old to use. It is quite frustrating for kids under 6 though, especially the fight with Evil Ash. It's 1 of the better games based on movies on the iOS.


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