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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Cartoon Wars - Gunner is an action/arcade game that is heavy on violence, but only of the cartoon nature. Stick-figure soldiers attack your character -- the hero from the original Cartoon Wars -- in a never-ending series of waves. It's a new twist for the series, which began as a castle defense game. This time, your character must race around the screen to save himself, while firing a wide variety of weapons, including assault rifles, a flamethrower, and a mech suit. Despite the focus on violence, the blood is minimal.
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Is it any good?
When the makers of Cartoon Wars set out to make a sequel, they decided not to simply copy the formula that was successful the first time around -- and that bet has paid off with Cartoon Wars - Gunner. The game is feature-rich and blends action and adventure with role-playing elements, as you decide which weapons to upgrade and which to buy. The inclusion of magic items helps shake up the nonstop shooting, but only a little bit. Ultimately, the gameplay does tend to wear thin as you do the same thing again and again -- only with different weapons. Also, while the controls are acceptable, they tend to get stuck occasionally, which is frustrating. The game is a fun diversion and good for short play periods, but not something you'll want to play for hours at a time.