Parents' Guide to

Guns of Boom

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Bland, frustrating shooter has poor controls, boring play.

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Should be Guns Of Greed

This game is set up to take your money, period. They make it very difficult to earn any of the best weapons by playing. It will take forever. You're force or manipulated I should say to pay real money to match up with anyone who already has a dominating weapon or prepare to be killed. It's such a turn off. And the prices for weapons, armor, or anything beneficial are extremely priced, ridiculous. Everything that you can earn easily, like a masks, logos, are all things that don't help you within gameplay. Grenades, medic packs, armor, and guns, they never give away for free. When you have killed an opponent, you are giving a very small amount of points per kill, it's pittiful. To earn one of the better guns I estimated that I had to kill approx. 2300 opponents which would have taken me 2 years to earn. That's if I didn't work, had nothing to do, and about 5 hours a day of playing the game. The developers are totally in it for money and try distracting you with free useless items but never give away anything beneficial. At first I enjoyed the game but was always getting killed by the person who had the biggest and best gun. Now I think that this game is a total rip off and a joke. There should be some rules placed for controlling games like this that scam players especially kids. Kids don't know any better so they want parents to spend real money on pretend items. Items that are not tangible, not real in a pretend world and once the child or player gets tired of playing this game, that's money wasted on something that is pretend. The devs should raise the points per kill and lower the prices on the phony, and fake cartoon weapons. This company is just sitting there waiting for money to be deposited into their accounts period. They've totally taken the fun out of 1st person shooters. The biggest trick they use is the tournaments with all the hype around them. Ask one of those players that are considered pros in this game, they'll tell you how much money they've invested to be the best. This is not a game of skill like a majority of 1st person shooters, it's a game fueled by who has the best guns. That cost real money to get ahead. I see this game as a scam nothing more than that. There should be a gaming control committee that regulates on developers who use tricks to earn real dollars for playing their games. I'm sure that all the employees at Guns of Boom's home office are not struggling financially. Like it's said, there's a sucker born every minute and I'm sure that's a motto that the devs stand by.

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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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 26, 2017
  • Category: Action Games
  • Publisher: Game Insight
  • Version: 2.7.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: July 26, 2021

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