What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fieldrunners 2 is a tower defense game, where players try to stop an oncoming horde of enemies from invading their base. There's nonstop combat, but it's bloodless. The battles in this version of the game are more challenging, but a variety of levels makes it accessible to a wide audience. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
Fieldrunners 2 is even better than the amazing original tower defense game. Game modes are plentiful. Graphics are incredible. Best of all, it doesn't follow the cookie-cutter tower defense formula.
Kids must test hypotheses and strategy to stop enemies from breaching their perimeter. They also learn how to allocate resources to build additional units or upgrade the ones they have.
Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname.
What's it about?
Players select a defensive unit from an armory and place it on the field to deter oncoming enemies from reaching their base. Those units can be upgraded and made more powerful using coins earned for battlefield kills -- or sold if they're judged ineffective. As players earn more coins for defeating levels and stars for bonus missions, they can purchase new weapons on subsequent levels.
Is it any good?
The original Fieldrunners was the cream of the crop among tower defense games. Simply put: Fieldrunners 2 is better. The game modes are plentiful. The graphics are incredible (especially if you have a Retina Display screen). But best of all, the game doesn't follow the cookie-cutter tower defense formula. Simply creating a choke point isn't enough, especially on high difficulty settings.
Enemies know how to space out. And they know how to dodge. It takes this from a tower defense game you play on fast forward most of the time to one that requires your constant attention -- not that you'd be able to rip your eyes off of it anyway.
Families can talk about...
Play board games like Stratego or chess to teach the importance of strategy.
Encourage kids to be fiscally responsible and thoughtful when budgeting money they receive as gifts, allowance, or from working. Sites like Tykoon are a great place to start.