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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Hambo is an action shooter that disguises itself as a cute kids' game. While not bloody, the goal of the game is simple: Shoot other pigs and giggle as they explode into spare ribs and spam. The app uses cartoonish, cute characters as part of its appeal, but young children might be drawn to those without realizing the game is meant for an older audience. Hambo also features in-app purchases, though they are not forced down the player's throat -- and players can advance in the game by earning coins through gameplay.
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What's it about?
As the hog mercenary Hambo, players will attempt to kill other pig soldiers using guns and other weapons. To do so, they'll need to aim their weapons with their fingers, while their targets typically stand still. Often, they'll need to shoot through barriers (such as glass ledges) and kill an enemy as they fall, or bounce bullets off of steel girders to kill the other pigs. Along the way, they can dress in various comical costumes (though those have no effect on gameplay).
Is it any good?
At the risk of mixing animal metaphors, HAMBO is something of a one-trick pony. Its levels are fairly simple, but catchy -- and while adult players might feel like they've seen this before, they're designed well enough to keep you playing.
It's the theme of the game that might give some pause. While Hambo is simply a lark, there's something cannibalistic about a pig turning other pigs into SPAM and sandwiches that could bother some people. Others might find the scoring a bit odd (your score seems almost randomized at times, regardless of your performance). But as far as quick diversions go, it's still a fairly fun one.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Science: gravity, momentum, physics
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Price: Free-$2.99
- Release date: May 16, 2012
- Category: Action Games
- Size: 23.40 MB
- Publisher: Miniclip
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later; Android 2.1 and up
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