A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game combines elements of deck-building and real-time strategy games. The bulk of the gameplay involves waiting for energy to charge up and placing units to attack and defend. Players must also level up their characters and adjust their team's build regularly in order to stay competitive.
Violence & Scariness
The characters use all manner of weapons, from shotguns and swords to grenades and chainsaws, to attack opposing forces. But the characters are all POP! figure toys, and simple break apart into small tokens before disappearing from the screen. Victory screens show the cute figures taking off the head of the loser, but in toy form.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
The game not only promotes Microsoft's Gears of War shooter franchise, but also Funko's POP! line of vinyl figures. Players can even enter codes found in the physical Gears POP! toys to unlock content in the Gears POP! game. Players are also regularly prompted to visit the in-game store to purchase additional chests, currency, and other items with both in-game and real-world money.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This app merges a violent shooter with cute figurines to create an amusing and fun strategy game that will keep you busy for hours. Gears Pop! manages to compress two properties that seem at opposite ends of the entertainment spectrum. Gears of War is a brutal and bloody shooter series with more gore than you can shake a chainsaw-equipped Lancer at. Funko POP! figures are adorably cute collectible toys based on every pop culture reference imaginable. So what's the best way to combine two vastly different franchises? Pput them together in a kid-friendly mobile strategy/deck building game that doesn't fit either, of course. Welcome to the world of Gears POP!, a game that absolutely shouldm't work, but somehow does. While this likely goes without saying, it should still be pointed out that this is essentially an advertisement for both the Gears of War games and the Funko POP! toys. That said, it's not a bad little strategy game.
Gameplay's relatively simple. You piece together an army of eight units from the "pins" you collect through gameplay. During battles, energy slowly builds up, which players then spend to place units on the field. Once on the field, the units do their own thing without further direction from the player. There's still a fair amount of thought that has to go into things like positioning, counters, and looking for an opening to take advantage off. It's surprisingly fun, especially as the clock ticks down and players get more frantic in their moves. Unfortunately, unless you're willing to spend some actual money, either in the game or on physical POP! toys, progress can be a grind. In-game currency is earned at barely a trickle, and opening rewards requires either spending that currency or waiting anywhere for three to eight hours or more at a time. It's more than a little frustrating but doesn't take away from Gears POP!'s overall appeal.
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.