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Call of Mini: Zombies
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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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Is it any good?
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.