Catapult Madness

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Too-simple game quickly grows repetitive.

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Ease of Play

The main thing you need to do is set the power and trajectory of your catapult shot. After that you sit back and watch your guy fly -- unless you have purchased any bonus items that can be used mid-flight to make your hero go farther. Those items can be purchased with the in-game money you earn after every turn.

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You launch your hero from a catapult and watch him bounce along the ground and collide with other objects. He becomes increasingly bruised and battered as he bounces along. He often ends up with a bloody nose.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Catapult Madness is a silly little game in which you shoot a person through the air with a catapult and watch him or her bounce off things (like carts, bombs, and monsters) along the way. The farther your guy flies, the higher your score. After each turn you earn in-game money, which you can use to purchase bonus items that will make you fly farther -- one of which is a bean that will make the hero fart in mid-air and get a speed boost. The cartoonish heroes look bruised and bloodied after they end their turbulent flights.

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Teen, 13 years old Written bystarscore13 November 3, 2010
blood boring repetetive

Is it any good?

There's just not enough to do in CATAPULT MADNESS. If not for the bonus items that you can use to add extra oomph to a flight, there would be nothing but simply launching the catapult. And those bonus items must be purchased with the in-game cash you earn, which means you have to play through a lot of repetitive catapult launches just to earn the money needed to buy a power-up item. Even once you've acquired a lot of power-ups and you can keep your hero bouncing across the battlefield for quite some time, it's not very different -- just longer. There's a cute idea here, but it's begging for a little something more.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 22, 2010
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Version: 1.03
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1 or later

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