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Pixel Gun 3D
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pixel Gun 3D is a multiplayer shooter with a vibrant (and open) chat and messaging system, which could expose kids to just about anything. Although there's a reporting system for objectionable content, players regularly play with and against strangers. The point of the game is to kill or be killed, again making it a poor choice for kids, though they'll likely be drawn to it due to its art style, which is similar to the very successful Minecraft.
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What's it about?
Players control their on-screen personas by moving them back and forth with a virtual thumbstick on the left side of the screen and adjust their view with a virtual thumbstick on the right. To fire, jump, or reload, they tap the appropriate buttons on-screen. The game consists of two modes: a single-player survival mode, which largely consists of shooting zombies and skeletons; and multiplayer mode, wherein you battle live opponents. The game also offers a skin maker, allowing players to customize their own in-game appearances and export them as graphic files for Minecraft.
Is it any good?
As a multiplayer shooter for adults PIXEL GUN 3D isn't bad. It has a robust multiplayer community, and, although the controls have the same limitations as many mobile shooters, they're not bad. The weapon selection is moderate and the maps are small, but it's a fun diversion for a few minutes.
For kids, though, this is a game rife with potential problems. The open chat and messaging system aren't screened, which could result in inappropriate conversations, bullying, or worse. And it's a game that's solely about killing, without even the smoke screen of a higher purpose. The Minecraft-like graphics might make the game appealing to younger players, but it's definitely inappropriate for them.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (Coins, which allow the player to unlock new skins and items, can be purchased with real-world funds in amounts ranging from $1 to $100.)
- Release date: September 17, 2014
- Category: Action Games
- Size: 278.00 MB
- Publisher: Alex Krasnov
- Version: 7.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
For kids who love action and simulation games
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