Bug Heroes

App review by
Mark Raby, Common Sense Media
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Insect smackdown app is cartoony but uses violent themes.

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Ease of Play

In this action game, players use the bottom-left and bottom-right corners of the touch screen as makeshift joysticks. The left-hand side controls the character's movement while the right-hand side is used to swing or shoot the equipped weapon. As players roam around various environments, they must master this simultaneous control structure to successfully ward off the onslaught of insects, which becomes a fairly intuitive process after a while.

Violence

While this game is mostly presented from an overhead perspective, the depiction is small, and all of the creatures are insects, there is a lot of frenetic action, including shooting, hand-to-hand combat, and explosions. Players work to attain weapon upgrades and are tasked with eliminating as many tiny creatures as possible. Weapons include names like "guns," "mines," and "cannons." Additionally, when the insects are defeated, they leave behind a black, blood-like splotch, though the insects and the splotches disappear after a few seconds.

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Consumerism

A button on the main menu screen links to a page where players can purchase more apps from the same publisher. Players are also encouraged to pay for new characters within the game.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the beetle creatures has a tiny cigar in its mouth.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bug Heroes is a high-octane action game in which players are constantly taking down enemy bugs. The content is largely mitigated since the graphics are cartoony, the perspective makes the action seem somewhat distant, and there are no human characters, but the idea of upgrading weapons, shooting guns, and destroying enemies is a constant theme. The bugs do emit a splotch on the floor when defeated, which could be interpreted as blood. Additionally, there is one insect that appears throughout the game with a cigar in its mouth. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

With a neat graphical style and intuitive controls, BUG HEROES provides a good, fun romp in the world of insect smackdowns. Although the core gameplay may get repetitive after a while, the slate of upgrades and unlockables drives players to keep trudging through and completing new levels. Players can also shake things up by switching their character between the numerous options. The inclusion of awards and achievements also encourages players to become a master battler, and the game's "insectopedia" lets them keep track of the various creatures they have encountered. Although it does include some violent themes and terminology, the game itself is rather lighthearted and is definitely worth checking out for those who can handle those concepts.

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For kids who love action and adventure

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