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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Gamers get some instruction on how to play and can test it out before officially starting, but some components aren't explained.
Violence & Scariness
Players use a sword and other items to attack monsters, but no blood or gore is shown.
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Products & Purchases
Ads are shown and purchases are offered.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Darkest Rogue 3D: Slingshot is an action game for iOS and Android devices. Players are fighting undead skeletons, green monsters, and other creatures, not humans. While the skirmishes aren't particularly gory, players are generally are trying to kill the creatures. Players can also die if they don't fight back well enough. In-app currency packages that range from $0.99 to $99.99 aren't necessary to play but are offered, and kids may see ads unless they pay $2.99 to remove them. Some aspects of the app can also be confusing due to a vaguely worded introduction that doesn't explain the backstory well and the lack of information that's provided about other game elements. There's no easily accessible FAQ or other resource to refer to within the app.
Is It Any Good?
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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