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What parents need to know
Parents need to know PlunderNauts is a pirate-themed action game that blends science fiction with the eye-patched scourge of the sea. The game is a series of battles, but they're done ship to ship and in cartoonish style, so the violence is minimal. Parents should be aware that the game promotes in-app purchases semi-aggressively.
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What's it about?
Players travel from star system to star system in a hunt for treasure, battling new ships almost every time. Movement on the battlefield is done by drawing lines on-screen, while battle is engaged by tapping on enemies when they're within range. Players can choose the weapons and extras they want on each ship -- and where they want to position those. Enemies must be on a specific side of your vessel for you to be able to fire upon them, meaning players will have to constantly maneuver their ships.
Is it any good?
PLUNDERNAUTS doesn't take itself too seriously, but unfortunately it doesn't seem to take its gameplay too seriously either. The game pokes fun at pirates and has a good space setting (and gorgeous art), but it's hamstrung by a few fatal flaws. Chief among them is one hampering the most common gameplay mechanic: moving your ship. Drawing lines on-screen gets old fast -- and distracts you from battle. Ships move slowly, so any sense of excitement is quickly muted as well.
Adding to this is the game's use of an energy system, meaning you'll have to stop playing after a relatively short period and wait for your ship's energy to recharge -- or pay to have it done automatically. It's not a game that deserves to go to Davy Jones' locker, but it won't rule the vacuums of space anytime soon.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchases range from $.99 to $19.99.)
- Release date: June 19, 2014
- Category: Action Games
- Topics: Pirates
- Size: 97.10 MB
- Publisher: Blackflip Studios
- Version: 1.3.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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