Bloons TD 4

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Pop invading balloons with everything from tacks to bombs.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think strategically as they decide which defense towers to place and where best to place them. They'll also have to manage finances, since buying each unit costs money. Is it better to buy lots of cheaper units or save for the more expensive ones? Should you upgrade a unit or cash it in and use the money for something else? Success in Bloons TD 4 requires a good deal of strategic thinking in the choice and placement of defenses.

Ease of Play

The controls are easy to learn and to use. The game has three difficulty levels, which vary greatly in the amount of challenge they pose. "Easy" level should be fine for newcomers.

Violence & Scariness

Cannons, mortars, bombs, and other weapons create fiery explosions -- however, the only things being shot with these weapons are balloons.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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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Kid, 9 years old August 28, 2011

Best game ever(But some issues with very young kids)

This game is awesome. It's educational too. I put 4 and up because 2 and 3 year olds will constantly be dying and getting angry and frustrated and maybe do... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old July 30, 2011

baloons td 4

I lllllllloooooovvvvveee balloons td 4 and guess what: I won it! I also made monky assault troop I EVEN made new towers! and I love the d... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Discuss the importance of thinking ahead in aspects real life of life.

  • Play board games like Stratego or chess to teach the importance of strategy.

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For kids who love strategy and time-management games

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