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Battle Bears - Zombies!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Battle Bears - Zombies! is a first-person shooter game that might attract kids with its teddy bear and unicorn characters, but is clearly not for children because gameplay involves constant shooting with weapons that range from a slingshot to a machine gun to a flamethrower. The main character is a soldier bear who occasionally swears in cut scenes and gains extra points for head shots to his victims (who include pink teddy bears, barbershop quartet teddies, unicorns, and eventually zombie teddy bears). Upon death, teddy bears bleed colorful, nonrealistic blood, though users can also opt for bloodless play (though some headshots make rainbows shoot from teddy bears' heads in either setting). In the final level, the teddy bears are zombies, though so fantastical as to not be frightening to teen players. Cut scenes between battles sometimes include cartoonish death (like a stabbed unicorn).
Is it any good?
While kids might be attracted to the cute characters in this teddy bear-oriented app, parent should be aware that this game's heavy violence puts it decidely in the teen realm. But for teen players who are mature enough to get the humor involved in combining super-cute with super-violent, BATTLE BEARS is a challenging and entertaining choice. The game includes nice integration of cut scenes with game play that keeps the story moving (and crudely entertaining). Levels ramp up in difficulty gradually, allowing users to get the knack of the game before taking on new challenges. Overall, this is a shooter hiding behind cute characters to create some dark humor, but it is not for kids.