Little Bandits

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Bland Wild West strategy shoots blanks.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls but can get complicated in accurately moving and interacting with targets.


Players get into shootouts with other characters, but they use rubber bullets and no blood or gore is shown in battle.


Players use the game's currency to keep playing when they run out of water, to unlock playable characters, and to both fix up buildings and speed up the repair process. Said currency is earned by playing or can be purchased with real money in the game's store.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Bandits is a strategy game for iOS and Android devices. Players use simple touch controls to engage in turn-based gunfights with bandits. Though because they use rubber bullets, there's no blood or gore. Commercially-speaking, players use gems and coins to unlock new characters, to keep playing when they run out of drinkable water, and to both fix up and speed up the fixing up of local buildings. Players can either buy these coins and gems in the store or earn them by playing. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

In LITTLE BANDITS, you have to defend a Wild West town from bandits by engaging in a series of turn-based gunfights. You also have to fix up the town, which seems like it would make it even more enticing for bandits. As a result, you have to alternate between building and resource management and shootouts to keep the peace in your lawless town.

Is it any good?

With none of the edge that makes the old West interesting, this cartoon strategy game is about as fun as playing Cowboys & Indians by yourself. In Little Bandits, you have to defend the town by engaging in a series of turn-based gunfights. You also have to fix up the town by managing your resources and using your city planning skills to decide which buildings to repair and which can wait. As is always the case with these games, half the fun is deciding what to spend your resources on, and when to use your special attacks instead of your regular ones.

But the problem with this game is that half of a little content isn't very fun at all. For starters, the game's cartoony look — which makes everything look like it's a Playmobil toy set — means this has none of the edginess of the real West. It's so sanitized that it's, well, dull. That would be far less of a problem if the action was deeper and had more of an edge to it, too. The turn-based combat is fairly basic, while deciding which building to fix up next doesn't add much, either. Not that it matters, since you can always just buy the coins you need to fix up every building right away and unlock every character when they become available. All of which makes this so boring and uninteresting that you'll quickly run Little Bandits out of town and off your device.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about violence in video games. Is the impact of the violence in Little Bandits affected by the fact that the guns are loaded with rubber bullets, which means no one gets hurt or killed? Does this make the game feel any different? Would there be a larger impact if blood or gore was shown?

  • One of the things you can spend money on in this game is to fix up buildings faster, but does that sound like a wise use of your money? And does it make sense to spend real money to do this?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: October 3, 2019
  • Category: Strategy Games
  • Size: 255.80 MB
  • Publisher: Little Guy Games
  • Version: 1.3.5
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
  • Last updated: October 15, 2019

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