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What parents need to know
What's it about?
In EARN TO DIE HD, zombies have taken over the world, turning it into a Mad Max-like wasteland. So, you decide it's time to get away, maybe take a vacation. Using your car, which you can soup up with all manner of postapocalyptic equipment, you have to drive as far as you can -- and over as many zombies as you can -- before you run out of gas. You also have to be mindful that going too fast may send you flying over the bumpy terrain and obstacles, which may result in your vehicle flipping over. As you play, you earn in-game money you use to buy both new vehicles and new equipment for those vehicles, including better wheels and engines, larger gas tanks, and hood ornaments that can be spinning spiked blades or snapping jaws of spiked death.
Is it any good?
Though it's rather simplistic and darkly humored, this two-dimensional, side-scrolling driving game ends up being bloody good fun. Because difficulty ramps up as you play and upgrade your vehicle, it stays engaging. Like the best arcade games, it makes you want to play just one more level. Sure, there's not a lot of thought involved -- save for the idea that maybe you should let up on the gas as you go down a hill -- but with the roads getting increasingly bumpier and clogged with obstacles, Earn to Die HD gets increasingly addictive as you try your hardest to get just a little bit further. For parents with zombie-crazed tweens who aren't quite ready for the scarier, gorier, grown-up depictions, this app may satisfy their draw to the undead.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Do you think Earn to Die HD needs to be so bloody and gory? What does the violence add, if anything?
Talk about driving safety. Granted, you won't be driving through the wasteland of a zombie apocalypse anytime soon, but what does this game teach you about the importance about not driving too fast and keeping your eyes on the road?
- Devices: iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: 2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 17, 2014
- Category: Arcade Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks, Adventures, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 49.80 MB
- Publisher: Not Doppler
- Version: 1.0.17
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up
- Last updated: April 30, 2020
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