A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that gamers need to have a (free) Game Center account in order to play MetalStorm: Online. Game Center is Apple's community-based online gaming hub with matchmaking and challenges, Top 10 game lists (showing what your friends are playing), global leaderboards and an Xbox Live-like achievement system. Though not graphic, the game involves violence, as you shoot to destroy enemy aircraft. Some might feel this game trivializes the work of the U.S. military. Parents should also know this game is free but to unlock all the goodies there's an in-app purchase option. Players can also talk with strangers while playing this online game; an option lets you voice chat with the person you're playing with, and there is no one monitoring the conversation. During our review of the app, we couldn't find any other players who had activated the voice chat feature.
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Is it any good?
iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch gamers craving something a little more intense than Angry Birds might consider downloading METALSTORM: ONLINE, a free aerial combat simulation that allows you to play online (Wi-Fi or 3G) against other players in real-time battles. You'll select an aircraft and weapon loadout before tilting your Apple device left and right to maneuver the fighter jet (and tapping to shoot missiles at enemy aircraft). MetalStorm: Online is a looker, as it features attractive 3-D graphics, fiery explosions, and realistic-looking mountains below you. Gamers can play against one another, engage in a cooperative mode, or play against the computer. The "freemium" title is free to play, but you'll likely want to buy virtual coins to spend at the in-game store for more goodies, such as better aircraft, weapons, and more. You'll also get credits for free by performing well, which can also be used as currency. Gamers in search of a modern aerial combat sim to play on their favorite iOS device should climb into the cockpit of the free MetalStorm: Online.
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