Ghostbusters

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Kids capture and collect ghosts in enjoyable arcade game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's some strategy involved in capturing the ghosts, but figuring out how to best them -- and to complete levels -- is fairly easy. Players also can choose the degree of difficulty of the assignments they go on. 

Violence

The Ghostbusters are regularly attacked by ghosts, but not in a particularly violent way, and none are especially frightening. Some knock them over. Others attack with electricity. But the worst that happens is they get "slimed" and aren't able to help out for the remainder of that level. (They're fine as soon as you win or lose the level.) 

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Consumerism

The game features in-app purchases, which are mainly used to speed up research and buy power-ups. The purchases are not heavily pushed by the app, however. The game is also based on the popular film and television franchise. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Players are not required to submit any personal information to play, and the developer's privacy policy (on the Beeline website) makes clear how any personal information voluntarily submitted, as well as non-personal information automatically collected, will be used.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ghostbusters is an action/arcade game that lets players step into the proton packs of the film. While you don't play as any of the familiar characters (without paying for it via in-app purchase), that's not much of a problem as their caricatures pop up with sarcastic comments frequently. There's some mild violence, but if your kid "ain't afraid of no ghosts," there's nothing here that will scare them. Parents might be a little afraid of the in-app purchases, but the game is very mindful of those concerns and doesn't force them on players. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Ghostbusters wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Ghostbusters wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players will try to trap ghosts using a variety of Ghostbuser-inspired proton pack weapons. Different classes have different strengths and abilities, so players must move them around the screen via swipes to defeat enemies. The game is more focused, though, on micro-management -- collecting enough slime to knock down big walls, researching things you find, and leveling up your team while recruiting newcomers.

Is it any good?

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Ghostbusters takes the best of the franchise's cartoon series and blends it with elements of the film to create a unique environment -- one that's both familiar and fun, but with lots of things to discover. There are certainly some grinding elements as you're forced to do side missions before you can focus on the game's big "enemy" (a clever cameo from a bit player in the first film), but they're fun to play and engage you in the world. 

It's a bit disappointing not being able to play as the main characters (you, instead, play as new hires brought on as the Ghostbusters franchise their business), but they're a constant presence in the game, easing that pain. If there's something strange in your neighborhood -- or at least free time to kill -- you know who to call. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 24, 2013
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:99.20 MB
Publisher:Beeline Interactive, Inc.
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Kid, 10 years old January 5, 2015
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Good game

This is a good game for fans of the Ghostbusters . Yes, there are some new characters in the game that are not in the movies. But it's good if you want to bust some ghost. But this is also very hard to complete
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Too much violence

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