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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bloons TD 4 is a strategic "tower defense" game in which you control an army of monkeys that need to defeat an invasion of oncoming balloons. Each balloon you pop earns you money to buy more defenses, which range from glue guns and tacks to cannons and bomber planes. The art (and situation) is cartoony, but some of the weapons bring about fiery explosions. No monkeys are hurt, though -- only balloons are popped. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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What's it about?
Players must repel incoming waves of enemy balloons by placing defensive units (largely monkeys with varying abilities) to shoot and and pop them as they progress. As the levels advance, the enemy becomes harder to defeat, and players will have to upgrade units (by tapping them and selecting from a menu at the bottom of the screen) and more strategically placing new units (which are shown in a menu on the right hand side of the screen, then slid into position).
Is it any good?
BLOONS TD 4, on its easy level, works great as a simple introduction to tower defense games -- games where you must defend your tower from relentless attack. In this game you are moving monkeys around to pop balloons. The rules and controls are a cinch to pick up, and you won't have too many frustrating defeats while you figure out the strategies involved. When moving up to normal and hard difficulty levels, the game offers a genuine challenge, even to TD-game veterans. It's got great, cute graphics and some really imaginative "weapons" to choose from. All in all, it's a refreshing standout among the ever-growing pool of tower defense apps.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, strategy
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: January 12, 2011
- Category: Strategy Games
- Size: 22.20 MB
- Publisher: Digital Goldfish Ltd
- Version: 3.6
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 1.5 and up
For kids who love strategy and time-management games
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