A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Game uses simple touch controls but can get complicated in accurately moving and interacting with targets.
Violence & Scariness
Players get into shootouts with other characters, but they use rubber bullets and no blood or gore is shown in battle.
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Products & Purchases
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.
Parents Need to Know
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.
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