What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Doodle Invasion is a fast-paced arcade game in which players prevent alien invaders from landing on a beach by drawing barriers to catch them so they can be sucked up through the hoses of rescue ships. Players must also defeat the alien mothership by launching missiles at it. The violence isn't graphic, owing to the fact that the game looks like a rudimentary hand-drawn cartoon. However, frequent uses of "s--t" mean parents might want to think twice about letting younger kids play this one. Doodle Invasion HD is available for the iPad for $1.99.
Is it any good?
DOODLE INVADERS is a fairly basic arcade game wrapped in a cute package that resembles a hand-drawn cartoon with stick-figure humans and stereotypical "giant green squid" sci-fi movie aliens. New challenges are introduced gradually to spice things up, like fishing boats that can hook aliens on their lines, or the Squidoodle invaders that can break barriers in half. The difficulty ramps up pretty quickly since there's more and more to keep track of on-screen. The controls could use some finessing, since tapping on objects sometimes (though not always) makes your barrier disappear as well. The game isn't a classic, but it's a fun time-waster all the same.