A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There's no tutorial level, so players who don't read the "help" screen might have trouble getting up to speed, relying instead on trial-and-error. In game, the controls can be a bit sluggish.
Violence & Scariness
Your character is constantly firing weapons at enemy attackers to clear the game's levels. Characters are chiefly stick figures, though, and while there are quick bursts of blood when they are hit, it doesn't linger and is often hard to make out. Weapons range from bow and arrow to swords to rifles to flamethrowers.
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Products & Purchases
A link in the main menu screen displays an ad for the game's forerunner -- Cartoon Wars.
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.
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.
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