A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The play instructions and menus are not very well written, so getting up to speed is a trial-and-error process. It was easier once we figured out that "mana" means energy and that the arrows can kill your own soldiers with friendly fire if you don't periodically readjust the automatic bow.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon characters fall and spurt blood when struck by swords or hit by arrows. However, you can turn off blood in the settings so that encounters are splatter free.
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Products & Purchases
One link inside the app leads to more games by the developer. However, the ads flash by so fast it's impossible to tell what they are.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this popular castle-defense game is a little violent but relatively harmless fun. The blood can be turned off in Settings.
Is It Any Good?
It takes a while to warm up to Cartoon Wars, a game that would be a lot easier to play if the instructions weren't so poorly translated. But after playing for a while we could see its appeal. The object is to send forth enough stick-figure soldiers and shoot enough arrows from the top of your castle to stem an advancing army. Battles go on seemingly forever, as factions push back and forth. Adrenaline junkies will find it tedious.
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