Call of Mini: Zombies

Common Sense Media says

Zombie killing game that kids may want but shouldn't have.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Virtual analog sticks move you back and forth, but you'll need to flick the screen to change the area at which you want to fire. The virtual stick used to control weapons only helps you aim at what's on screen. It is, in essence, a game that's perfect for people with three hands. 

Violence

Players use guns, chainsaws, and other weapons to kill the undead. The characters are not lifelike, but when you kill one, blood puddles on the floor -- and when you're attacked, the screen splashes with blood. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The main menu screen has a blatant ad for another game by the developer. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. On iOS devices, players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Call of Mini: Zombies is a knock-off game riding the coattails of the more popular Call of Duty: World at War: Zombies. The game is an escalating series of levels where you're tasked to kill or be killed as waves of zombies lumber toward you. Using a series of progressively more powerful rifles, machines guns, and shotguns (and the ever-present chainsaw), you kill the undead, releasing a river of blood. Given the somewhat cute appearance of the zombies (they appear almost Lego-like), kids might want to try the game, but it's much too violent for them. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Kids say

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

CALL OF MINI: ZOMBIES certainly offers players plenty of options in terms of firepower and characters, but ultimately it's another "me too" title that cribs the gameplay style of another title. The juxtaposition of the grim-faced but toy-like characters (and zombies) with the copious amounts of blood feels like the old Joe Camel ads -- something that's meant for an older audience that's being targeted at kids. Even for older players, though, the game falls flat, with no co-op or multiplayer mode -- and just two maps that you explore again and again. In an overcrowded genre, this app really fails to stand out. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:June 20, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:42.20 MB
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.0.1 and up

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc December 8, 2011
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14
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Fun but violent

The point of the game is to kill zombies, that's all it is. So naturally, there is blood. When you kill one, they collapse into heeps of limbs, and splatter the ground with blood, (note, its really cartoony.) Obviously, it's not for little kids, but it is fun. The zombies themselves arn't very scary, but still, keep it away from little children.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 12 years old November 30, 2011
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10
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violent but fun

violent but cartoony no language actually no talking fun
Teen, 13 years old Written bySirSubby February 4, 2015
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10
QUALITY
 

Great game, a bit violent, but nothing too serious.

Yes the game is a bit violent, but nothing an 10 year old couldn't take. 16+ is really harsh for a game rated 12+ on the app store.
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