Bloons TD 5

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
Monkeys pop balloons in tower defense game; needs tutorial.

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 17 reviews

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Educational Value

Bloons TD 5 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

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. There is, however, no tutorial, which creates a somewhat steep learning curve at the beginning of the game. 


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


Players can buy upgrades using "Monkey Money," which is earned throughout the game or can be bought via in-app purchase for rates from $1 to $65. A link also steers players to other games by the developer. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bloons TD 5 is a "tower defense" style strategy game that adds a comedic absurd layer to the well-known formula. Instead of soldiers or actual towers, the game uses an army of monkeys, who strive to pop armies of balloons. There are some explosions -- and in-app purchase opportunities to watch out for -- but there's nothing really objectionable here. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 11-year-old Written bykrisztiank June 14, 2015
Adult Written byParentsNeedToKnow November 15, 2013

Fantastic, 100% safe for any kids any age.

With a slight violence level of throwing darts at evil balloons, all children are fully eligible to play this. Although they may be confused on how to play, chi... Continue reading
Kid, 9 years old July 27, 2013


5 year olds can play and my sister is 5 she plays it.
Sniper may be a bad word and btd battles is 9.
Some attacks are based off real wepons but most kids do not... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byLu Bu December 13, 2012


This is a fun game, but the graphics are not as good as Bloons TD 4, but can still be fun at times, check this site out!

What's it about?

Players must repel incoming waves of enemy balloons by placing defensive units (largely monkeys with varying abilities) to shoot and pop them as they progress. As the levels advance, the enemy becomes harder to defeat. Players will have to upgrade units (by tapping them and selecting from a menu) and more strategically place new units (found by tapping on the left hand side of the screen, then sliding them into position) and "agents" that are more effective, but cost in-game currency (by tapping on the bottom right side of the screen).

Is it any good?

It's hard to find true originality in the tower defense genre these days, and while Bloons TD 5 doesn't quite reach that point, it does manage to stand out from the crowd a bit. The gameplay is mostly the same as you're used to -- and doesn't vary tremendously from other Bloons titles, but the new units add some diversity, and the use of balloons as the enemy certainly makes the game more family friendly. 

The cost to purchase units is high, though. And the lack of any sort of tutorial is annoying, since this game does a few things differently than other tower defense games, meaning it can be baffling for a few minutes when you first start playing and try to figure out what's what. 

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For kids who love strategy and action

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