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Darkest Rogue 3D: Slingshot

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Uncertainty abounds at times, but the fighting can be fun.

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There's a fair amount of action, but glitchy controls and limited instructions hold back the enjoyment of this adventure. As players enter new rooms, they'll find Items that can help extend their Darkest Rogue 3D: Slingshot playing abilities in chests and barrels, loudly break their way through walls, and fight off angry creatures that suddenly emerge and attack. Nifty controls allow players to shoot themselves around the screen -- your finger and screen essentially function as a slingshot. But while it's fun to toss yourself to various areas, the controls can be somewhat glitchy, with delays occurring at times when you're trying to attack or ward off a monster. A very long cooldown period also follows some of the special moves you can make – you can't even click on items on the screen to check things like you coin supply until it's over. There also isn't a ton of instruction when you start playing, so immediate goals, such as opening a treasure chest, are often highlighted, but there's no sense of what you're doing overall and why. A number of game elements seem unclear, including equipment items' purpose. how upgrading works, and the damage percentages that are listed.

Cleverly, you'll occasionally be presented with some choices, which can change the course of the game, which adds some complexity and helps customize the experience. If you're OK with potentially backtracking or continuing to explore until you find something you need or can figure out what you should do, the frequent face-offs against creepy creatures can help prevent gameplay lags. Parents and younger kids should be forewarned, though, that Darkest Rogue 3D: Slingshot has some dark, since you try to kill the creatures they come into contact with, moving past their corpses to look for items. Falling in battle results in the words "YOU DIE ..." appearing on screen. If you're willing to figure things out on your own, and put up with some confusing controls, you could sling you way to a fun time here.

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