A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
There's very little in the way of instructions -- and those that do flash on screen often disappear before you can read them -- but the game is pretty easy to pick up: Pick a weapon, position it strategically, and upgrade when you can.
Violence & Scariness
The game is an endless stream of oncoming enemies, who you must obliterate using a variety of bullet-, missile- and nuclear-based weapon turrets. Enemy soldiers (and their bug-like minions) grunt and groan when hit and leave streaks of blood when they're killed.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Epic War TD - iPad Edition is a tower defense game that is filled with nonstop violence and blood. Players must defend a winding road that leads to their castle from wave after wave of enemy troops, which can range from vehicles to foot soldiers to giant mutant bugs. To do so, they'll have to strategically place weapon turrets along the road, which blast the enemies when they come into range. The slaughter leaves blood on the road, and some enemies scream when they're wounded.
Is It Any Good?
Tower defense games are a dime a dozen these days, but EPIC WAR TD stands out for a few reasons. The app's randomly generated enemies mean no game is ever the same. You may face a relatively light armored wave or a brutally tough one, but you never know what's coming next -- something that makes you think on your feet. There are also copious levels and waves to keep even the expert player occupied for hours. And the enemies are visually distinctive, versus the often generic waves other tower defense games use. It's gory -- and definitely not something for young kids -- but it's a mature take on an old genre that manages to make a game style that was in danger of becoming dull exciting once again.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.