Gun Builder

 
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Makes creating and playing with guns a toy -- not for kids.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are fairly simple to handle, though the targeting in the shooting range is a bit sketchy.

Violence

You can fire the guns you've built. You shoot at human silhouette targets on a firing range from a first-person perspective.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Gun Builder is an app that allows players to create and customize their own weapons. They can choose the various parts (like sights, stocks, scopes, handgrips, etc.) that will be attached to form pistols, assault rifles, sniper rifles, or other types of firearms. Players can also "engrave" their guns with names or messages, and personalize them with colors or by applying a leopard skin. The created guns can then be fired at human-shaped targets in a virtual firing range. They can save their creations in a virtual weapon rack, but there's no way to share them online. This app makes it seem that playing with guns is a fun activity -- like a toy; this is an app for gun-loving adults only.

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GUN BUILDER offers a relatively expansive array of parts with which you can create a customized firearm. There are technically lots of ways to mix and match the parts and create unique weapons, but unless you're a gun aficionado, many of the parts won't appear all that different from one another. And the firing range mode is repetitive, growing quickly uninteresting. By allowing players to create "cute" guns (with say, pink or leopard skin coloring) and engraving their names on them, it ignores the dangers inherent in gun possession -- potentially sending the message to naive kids that guns are a toy to play with. This is not an app for kids.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:November 8, 2010
Category:Simulation Games
Publisher:Win Sheng Loh
Version:1.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old May 27, 2011
 
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wierd! but not bad

wierd but not to bad
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byTheGuyWhoReviews March 17, 2012
 

What, common sense?

It is absolute bullcrap that this is rated "Not for kids." I mean, seriously, there is no violence in game at all, and the gun's functionality doesn't even change. What I mean to say is, it's not a very good game, but it is fine for any age as long as your child isn't mentally challenged and doesn't have regular access to real guns. One last gripe, common sense, if this is not for kids, then what about the actual shooting range? I had been there before I could even play teen games. You're welcome for this review/complaint.
Kid, 11 years old January 19, 2011

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