Fruit Attacks

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Inventive, juicy shooting game with cartoon violence.

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Ease of Play

Simple touchscreen controls.

Violence

Shooting aliens, but no blood or gore. Instead of exploding, alien ships pop.

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Consumerism

Players can use both real-world money and in-game currency (space seeds) to buy such items as improved shields, modifiers for attacks, and other items.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fruit Attacks is a shooting arcade game but one that's cartoony and goofy, not bloody or gory. Using your thumbs to determine two points on the screen, you plot out a path for a concentrated ball of energy, which is shot when you release your thumbs. If done right, the energy ball will hit the incoming enemies: pieces of fruit in spaceships that pop when hit. Though there's no option to play with friends, players can share their high scores via social media. Parents should be aware that Fruit Attacks lets you use in-game currency (space seeds) to improve shields and attacks and real-world money to buy more space seeds.

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What's it about?

In FRUIT ATTACKS, a sentient and technologically advanced alien apple comes to visit, probably to get a new washer/dryer, only to see some woman … eating an apple!?! War is declared, and it's up to you to stop this alien invasion. Using the SATI system, which spits out balls of concentrated energy along a path you determine by placing two points with your thumbs, you have to take them out before they hit, and thus damage, the shield that protects your planet. You also can shake your device to send shock waves at the invaders.

Is it any good?

An inventive take on the arcade shooter, this creative and challenging action game is fun and fresh. You have to take out waves of alien fruit that are steering their spaceships toward your planet's defense shields. Though the game sounds simple enough, it keeps things interesting by constantly giving you new types of enemies to fight, having them come in faster and faster, and by giving you new ways to fight them. Releasing the balls of energy and shaking the device to send shock waves goes beyond shooting laser guns and offers a unique spin on classic gameplay. If expectations around in-app purchases are clear before downloading, kids will have fun defending the planet.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about your rules about in-app purchases. Is it OK to buy more seeds?

  • Talk about how this type of shooting game is different from others your kids might play. Do the characters make a difference? Does the type of shooting?

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