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Parents need to know that Kingdom Rush is a tower defense-style game that has plenty of cartoon violence, but no blood. Players defend their lands from enemies like orcs and goblins (among other mythical creatures) by placing various offensive and defensive towers along the winding path to the city gates. The game forces players to think strategically in order to win -- more so than many other games in the genre.
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Is it any good?
Too many tower defense games follow the same pattern -- and as a result, do not prove to be a big challenge to fans of the genre. KINGDOM RUSH introduces a few new elements that have a big impact on the amount of strategy needed to win. Correctly placing towers is, of course, essential, but players also have to decide which enhancements they want to purchase (using coins earned exclusively in game), where to play reinforcements, and when to summon meteors from the sky.
That dependence on strategic thinking makes the game challenging for some players, who are used to the genre standard, but once they're able to break out of their box, they'll find a terrific title that's not only intelligent, but also pretty funny as well.
Our editors recommend
For kids who love action and strategy
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