What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Extinction Squad is an action arcade game that is more violent than it might seem on the surface. Animals attempt to leap to their death, leaving a large bloody smear on the ground when they succeed. While it's a cartoon game, this is a very loose definition of cartoon violence. The game also promotes in-app purchases fairly aggressively, though they're not essential. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players swipe their finger across the screen to move a pair of trampoline-carrying explorers across the screen to bounce plunging animals -- ranging from birds to gorillas to humpback whales -- to safety. They'll also catch coins, which allow them to advance to other levels (with higher point totals) and dodge falling bombs, which end the game. Each level requires players to save a higher number of animals, though they're not penalized for the ones they miss (who land with a bloody splat).
Is it any good?
EXTINCTION SQUAD is a game that's meant to be tongue in cheek (that's immediately made obvious when you see the game's hero -- a muscle-bound "Chuck" Darwin, an obvious reference to the creator of the theory of evolution). The short story, explaining why animals are trying to kill themselves, is also especially silly. But for a game that, at a quick glance, seems kid friendly, there's a lot of unexpected violence.
Adults might get a good chuckle at the game, though -- and the Breakout-style gameplay is well done. It's an absurd title, and not suited for young kids, but it's one that will keep you playing.