Bloons TD 4
What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
This refreshing standout among tower defense apps has great graphics and some really imaginative "weapons". It can provide a genuine challenge, but you won't have too many frustrating defeats while you figure out the strategies involved.
Players must closely consider the choice and placement of defenses. As balloons slip through, players need to reassess strategy and make alterations in how they defend the map. Financial management is also key since buying each unit costs money.
The rules and controls are a cinch to pick up. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network.
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.
Families can talk 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.