Kill It With Fire
Creepy crawly action game has its own bugs to work out.
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Kill It With Fire
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What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kill It With Fire is an action game for iOS and Android devices. The game doesn't show much gore -- spiders leave a green splat when struck -- but it involves a number of weapons, including guns and a can of hairspray that shoots fire. The overall experience can be confusing, due to the lack of instructions given at the beginning of the game. Even if players figure out what to do, lags and other issues can make the controls challenging. Ads are also shown during play, with players having threee separate options to purchase the game to remove them, each with additional content provided.
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What’s It About?
Players try to find and terminate spiders in KILL IT WITH FIRE. Spiders emerge from cabinets, a toilet, and other locations as you lift and inspect things, and they scurry away, often leading to a chase. A navigation button lets players change their perspective to look around the room. They press down and drag their finger on the left part of the screen to move forward. A clipboard lists tasks such as killing spiders in specific locations. As players advance, they'll add new weapons to use, ranging from flame-throwing hairspray to a frying pan.
Is It Any Good?
The game's premise is amusing -- hunt down and kill spiders that lurk behind various objects, but the execution has some issues. Kill It With Fire doesn't offer any information about how to play the game -- you just find yourself in a room with no clue how to move around, where to look, or what to do if you find anything. After spinning around a few times, you may linger on an object long enough for a message to pop up instructing you to interact with it. That's the only assistance provided, but figuring out how to do that, too, can be confusing. Instead of lifting objects by swiping, you actually need to click one of the buttons on the screen. After inspecting items without finding spiders, you'll move on to the next room, where you'll pick up a clipboard that outlines tasks to complete, although this info isn't clear either.
The lack of instruction is frustrating, and the controls can be glitchy, including things like a tracker device that can detect spiders doesn't always do much. There are some notable game elements -- the sound effects include things like the clipboard whooshing through the air when you use it as a weapon and a squeaking noise indicating spiders are nearby sets an ominous tone. The weapons you eventually can use also include some humorous options, such as a frying pan. But encouraging players to set fire to their laundry or couch isn't really a great message -- no matter how much they dislike spiders -- and given the slow pace you're forced to use when chasing after spiders that scurry away, chances are players will opt for the more destructive shooting-based weapons. Those aren't necessarily a perfect solution -- if you run out of ammo, it's unclear how to get more without starting a new game, which may make you feel like they have to pay for the full version. But again, you may want to wait to do that until Kill It With Fire has fewer pauses during gameplay -- along with smoother controls and more general guidance on how everything works.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Kill It With Fire affected by the fact that it's directed at an insect instead of people? Would the impact be intensified if you were fighting people instead?
How can conflicts be resolved between humans without confrontation in real life? Is there a way to avoid problems by simply talking?
How can you figure out how to get started in a game like Kill It With Fire without instructions or help from the app? What steps can you take to determine what to do?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Mac, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: March 6, 2021
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Bugs
- Publisher: tinyBuild
- Version: 1.1.2
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 11.0 or later or Android 5.0 and up.
- Last updated: March 23, 2021
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