Invisigun Reloaded

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Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Somewhat unclear game mechanics may ruin single-player fun.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about using logic and strategy as they work toward reaching goals. They'll need to figure out how to move around while invisible and access various parts of each scene, which requires deduction and critical thinking abilities. The instructions provide some reading practice and experience following directions. Kids are responsible for figuring out what to do without much help in the game, which requires initiative. Many of the lessons the app may provide center on problem-solving, perseverance, and similar skills.

Ease of Play

A tutorial walks players through the basic moves. They can revisit it later, but don't get much additional help once they start playing, so they'll need to figure things out through trial and error.

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Kids can pay $0.99 to unlock game characters. This is the app version of Invisigun Heroes.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Invisigun Reloaded is an adventure game for iOS devices. The game has a single-player option that offers the most kid-friendly experience, but kids can also choose to face off against friends or other players in multiplayer games. They'll see very thorough instructions when they first open the app on how to walk, jump, and otherwise move around the game, and they also get a chance to practice each type of motion -- but once they're actually playing, aside from occasional tips that may pop up, players don't get much help, which can be frustrating if they get stuck. They won't see a ton of ads or be pushed to buy a lot while playing, but can unlock various heroes for a nominal cost. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content featured during play.

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What's it about?

Players try to navigate different environments when invisible in INVISIGUN RELOADED. The app is a revamped version of the developer's Invisigun Heroes stealth game. Gamers drag their finger around a circle on the screen that acts as a joystick to move and hit a button to jump over objects. Their avatar briefly reappears when they shoot at things, which can help them identify their location. Single-player challenges feature various goals, such as reaching a room's exit. The app also offers public matches and private games kids can access with a key.

Is it any good?

While this is a visually striking game, the lack of instructions and clunky controls can ruin the game experience. A variety of environments and playing modes help keep Invisigun Reloaded from feeling routine, and achievements and other charts do a decent job of illustrating your progress and providing a big picture view of where you are in the game. The app's graphics feature an impressive amount of detail -- birds' wings flutter as they take to the sky when you approach them, and bushes you walk into rustle and sway.

The joystick control can feel tricky at times -- particularly because you can't see where you're going, which involves some getting used to. The initial playing instructions are so detailed, that you may assume you'll get ongoing guidance throughout each round, but that’s unfortunately not really the case. It’s not always clear what you can jump over, what might be helpful to shoot, or how to get around certain objects to reach other portions of the room, and if you can't figure it out, you have to just keep trying different things and hoping something is successful. There are a couple of offline resources that may provide help, such as a Wiki page, but viewing them forces players to pause and open a browser -- and finding a specific answer can require some searching. Parents may have concerns about the local multiplayer game mode, which pits kids against other players, although user comments mention finding opponents can be difficult, so that aspect may ultimately not be an issue. If gamers limit their playing time to the individual Hero’s Journey mode -- opting to face off against puzzling scenarios, instead of people -- Invisigun Reloaded should offer a safe, though sometimes frustratingly challenging way to spend some time.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what to do if kids aren't able to meet a goal and advance in Invisigun Reloaded or another game. What steps can you take to figure out what needs to happen next?

  • What are some nonviolent ways to resolve disagreements? Can you use the lessons picked up from your interactions with other players in Invisigun Reloaded in real life?



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