Celebrity Bodyguard

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Humorless arcade game is needlessly violent.

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Ease of Play

Tapping on your targets will result in them getting shot. The game requires no aiming. As the game progresses, the number of targets on screen will grow substantially, which is harder to keep up with.

Violence

All the player does in the game is shoot people or punch them. There are no other options, but there is no blood, either.

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Consumerism

A glowing link on the main menu page pops up a list of other games by the developer.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Celebrity Bodyguard is an arcade game where players protect cartoon caricatures of celebrities (based on Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, and Robert Pattinson) from fans, paparazzi, ninjas, snipers, and more. The "protecting," though, mostly involves shooting enemies on sight. There's no blood and no screams, and the violence is also cartoonish, but the only enemies you don't kill with a gun are the ones you punch when they get too close. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network (as well as Facebook and Twitter), but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

While the premise of Celebrity Bodyguard has plenty of potential, the game itself falls flat. Hobbled with no real variety in gameplay, some corny take-offs on celebrity names (Lady Bla Bla? Really?) and less-than-stellar artwork, it gets old fast -- really fast. Worse, there are only three faux-celebrities to guard, meaning even if you do find the caricatures funny, they still get old. And the muttered comments of your bodyguard protagonist do nothing to add to the game's fun factor. ("I got a really good health plan" is more head-scratching than funny.) For 99 cents, you could do worse, but it's so much easier to do better.

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For kids who love arcade games

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