Bowmasters

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple but redundant, greedy physics combat game.

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 4 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 15 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but rather challenging.

Violence

Players attack other people by shooting arrows, throwing javelins, even tossing cards at each other. Hitting someone not only splatters blood but also removes part of their skin to reveal their skeleton, though it's done in a cartoony way.

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players can use real-world money, in-game currency to buy playable characters. There are ads on-screen when playing, and frequent ads between matches, though you can pay to turn these off.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bowmasters is an action game. Players have to use the right angle and amount of force to hit their enemy from a distance, using such items as a bow and arrow, bricks, and pointed sticks. When struck, players and their opponents not only bleed, but their skin flies off, revealing their skeleton below, though it's all done with a rather cartoony art style. There are often ads on the bottom of the screen when you're playing, as well as frequent ads between matches. Not surprisingly, you can pay to play an ad-free version. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byHois October 5, 2019
Adult Written byMikesTechShorts August 13, 2019

Graphically and unnecessarily violent. Redundant, loaded with ads.

I think that this is one of the worst games I have ever seen. I downloaded it on my iPad. It goes out of its way to be graphical as it explodes people and antag... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byJustin Strever ... May 22, 2018

Such An Outstanding But Pretty Difficult Game

I Think The Game Is Cool, But Pretty Much Hard And Difficult
Kid, 11 years old May 17, 2020

Game design done by accountants

Bowmasters is a game with severe cartoon violence where you throw or shoots things at other people. You can pay, oops sorry I mean play, as a variety of differn... Continue reading

What's it about?

BOWMASTERS doesn't have a story. While these characters may have a very good reason why they want to kill each other from a distance, it's never stated in the game. Instead, you just play a series of battles against the computer or other online players until everyone is dead.

Is it any good?

While there's a fun physics game at work here, it's undermined by redundancy and by being aggressively greedy. In Bowmasters, you use your finger to determine the angle and the amount of force you need to shoot an arrow, toss a brick, or fling a javelin at someone standing far away. Do it right, and you'll nail them, maybe even kill them. There's even a cool variety of characters -- including a briefcase-throwing Investor and a streaming gamer who flings her gamepad -- though don't be surprised if the lawyers for Groot, Mario, or Rick from Rick & Morty get the more blatant rip-offs removed. But while this can be fun and challenging, especially since every character has their own weapon, it's kind of just the same game over and over. The persistent greed is also a bummer. Not only are there frequent ads along the bottom of the screen, but there are also ads between each match, though you can always pay to turn off the ads. It's also needlessly bloody. While the game has a cool cartoony look about it, all the spewing blood and splattering skin seems unnecessarily gratuitous. All of which is why Bowmasters starts off strong, but eventually loses steam.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about physics. To excel at this game, you have to understand basic physics, but how else can physics help you in life?

  • Talk about unnecessary roughness. Do you think being so bloody and gory adds anything to this game? How do you think it would be different if it was less disgusting?

  • Discuss money management. Given that you can get free characters, and can earn others by playing, does it make sense to spend a lot of money on this game?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 25, 2017
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 228.00 MB
  • Publisher: Playgendary
  • Version: 2.10
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: April 30, 2020

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