A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Respawnables wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The game's controls are a bit awkward and there's a learning curve in figuring out how best to kill enemies, but once you get the hang of it, it's fairly intuitive.
Violence & Scariness
The point of the game is to kill anything that moves, using a variety of weapons, including automatic weapons, hand grenades, and pistols. There's no blood or gore.
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Products & Purchases
The app is free, but upgraded weapons and customization options cost in-game currency. You'll earn this as you play, but dedicated players will likely opt for in-app purchases of that currency to speed things along. Prices for that range from $1 to $100.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Respawnables is an action game where the sole point is to kill every other player. The game has a single player mode, but attracts an audience due to its robust online multiplayer option. No personal information is exchanged, but players will face other real humans. There's nonstop violence, but no blood or gore. An occasional curse word appears on screen. And players will be tempted to purchase in-game credits to beef up their arsenal. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
While Respawnables isn't exactly unique, Zynga does a pretty good of taking the best elements from shooters like Team Fortress and Battlefield Heroes and bringing them to the mobile world. And the multiplayer mode seems fairly robust, with a notable number of players.
The game's graphics are a bit janky, though. And the big push for in-app purchases is not only off-putting, it also results in a skewed gameplay balance. That said, the game doesn't severely penalize players for dying -- and it's good mindless fun in short bursts.
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