Guns of Boom

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bland, frustrating shooter has poor controls, boring play.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Awkward controls makes this unnecessarily difficult, frustrating.

Violence

Players use variety of guns, explosives to kill other people. But there's no blood, gore.

Consumerism

Players can use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which is then used to buy crates with grenades, other items. You can also get crates by watching ads.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

You replenish your health by popping pills.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guns of Boom is a shooting game played from the first-person perspective. Players use a variety of guns and grenades to kill other players, but it's all rather cartoony, so there's no blood or gore. Players also replenish their health by popping pills, though these pills have no mind altering or psychotropic qualities. Players can also spend real-world money, or watch ads, to get crates that have new weapons, grenades, and other items, or spend real money so that they can level up faster. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJerry F. December 22, 2017

Money over integrity and playability

Stay away from the game. It’s s pay to play game. They are utterly shameless.
Adult Written byjerome03 July 20, 2018

Addicting and easy to use.

Early levels are easy. It gets tougher once you enter a new level bracket. Scaredy cats who tried it and say that it's for kids surely didn't stick ar... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byJames472 October 30, 2017

Not really bad

The violence is just using cartoonish guns to fight other people and there isnt any blood. But it isnt super fun. 3/5 for kids 10 and up
Kid, 11 years old March 7, 2018

Amazing game!

This is an amazing game. There are some minor and major adjustments needed, but even these don't affect the amazing fun that Guns of Boom brings. Positiv... Continue reading

What's it about?

GUNS OF BOOM doesn't have a story. You simply run around an arena shooting the members of the other team, who are other players. There's no reason given, no motivation for this bloodshed, except trying to be on the side that wins.

Is it any good?

While this doesn't disprove the axiom that first-person shooters don't work on a tablet, it drives the point home even harder than usual by also being generic. In Guns of Boom, you run around an enclosed area, shooting anyone on the opposing team as you weave in and out of buildings or other structures. In other words, it's nothing we haven't seen before. Well, except that this is a lot more cliché than some other first-person shooters on tablets. From the guns to the environments to the weapons, most of this feels like it was cribbed from other games. Even the cartoony look isn't anything that hasn't been seen before, and better, in other games. Too bad the designers didn't think to crib better controls. Like most first-person shooters on tablets, this game's controls are stifled and awkward, even when adjusted. Granted, having weapons that automatically fire is helpful, as is having aim assistance, and it's not like you're the only player who has this disadvantage. But after dying a third time only because you can't turn around fast enough to save yourself, you might find yourself wondering why you bothered playing Guns of Boom in the first place.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in games. Does it matter to you that you're shooting other humans in this game? Or that those humans are controlled by real people? Why is that?

  • Talk about money management. Does it make sense to spend money on this game when you can just as easily earn these items by playing or watching ads?

App details

For kids who love action

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