A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
On-screen instructions guide kids into play. So long as kids understand the three basic parts of the game -- city building, shooting, and collecting cards to build weapons -- it's pretty straightforward. One play frustration: Players get locked out of the game when they need time to "heal," and it's a long time (about 24 hours). Online "cheats" are readily available.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent cartoon violence can be pretty intense, especially when combined with the spooky ghost creatures players are shooting. The weapons and sound effects may be too intense and scary for many kids.
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Products & Purchases
This app is an obvious promo for the new Ghostbusters movie. There are also tie-ins to other brands, such as the restaurant/arcade Dave & Buster's. There's a strong emphasis on earning "gold" and collecting money in the game to be able to buy new cards, buy buildings and upgrades to buildings and proton packs. In-app purchases range from $1.99 to $99.99.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
Though fun for older kids and fans, the battles -- with lots of cartoon-style violence and ghoulish images -- are up-close and in-your-face, and the consumer focus is strong. As a result, for younger kids, Ghostbusters: Slime City is a non-starter. For older kids who like a little bit of scary and can distinguish violence with "proton packs" against ghosts from real gun violence, this could be a fun sim game, but in later levels, there's an open chat feature that's best for teens. With all of its layers, it'll likely keep fans interested, but parents may want to discuss the limits around purchases, squads, and chatting before downloading.
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