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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
A brief tutorial at the beginning of the game runs players through the basics, but the screen is so littered with buttons that it's often hard to remember exactly which to press.
Violence & Scariness
The game is a nonstop march of death and destruction, with wave after wave of undead Nazis attacking you. Players shoot zombies with pistols, shotguns, automatic weapons, and grenades (among other tools). Blood shows when enemies are hit, as do body parts on some shots -- and the screen is tinged with red as you're attacked.
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Frequent mild cursing such as "damn" and "hell" and the use of unique offensive language, such as "flesh whores" (one soldier's pet name for zombies).
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Products & Purchases
The game is an offshoot of the popular Call of Duty franchise and meant to drive players to the more expensive console version. Other apps are also advertised from the main menu, including the subscription-based Call of Duty: Elite.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies is an action shooter based on the popular and hot-selling console game series. The app, like the video game, is a march of violence, though the app is less graphic due to visual restrictions of the platform. There's mild offensive language as well as a few choice words that parents might struggle to explain to kids, but this is not a game kids should be playing in the first place. With the violence and the horror aspects of the zombies, it's unsuitable for young players. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
Activision has made billions of dollars off the Call of Duty franchise, but if more games were like CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS ZOMBIES, this is a series that would have died off long ago. The game is average, at best, blending the series' shooter roots with a sci-fi/horror themed zombie mode. And while that's a fun mix on consoles, it falls flat here, with less-than-inspiring gameplay, complicated controls, and no real sense of originality.
Diehard fans of the series might enjoy it, especially the multiplayer modes, but newcomers will wonder what all the hype is about.
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