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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Scribble Hero is a cartoonish action shooter in which a sketched hero fights off waves of aliens, robots, and other creatures. Although there's endless shooting (the hero, Sketch, never has to reload), there's no blood or gore -- and the game is presented almost as the daydream of a student in school. There are several in-app purchase opportunities, but the game doesn't force them on the players, and coins can be earned through gameplay.
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What's it about?
As Sketch, the hand-drawn hero, players attempt to rescue a kidnapped princess by fighting their way through waves of enemies and bosses, most of which are showcased as doodles. Slain monsters drop extra-life hearts, shields, coins, and other items (which can be upgraded using in-game currency). Sidekicks can assist you, and when players die, they can still be useful -- letting you reverse time and play with the assistance of your ghost.
Is it any good?
SCRIBBLE HERO is one of those terrific games that takes a well-known formula and makes it much, much better with some imaginative extras. From the weapons to the sidekicks to the ability to play with one (or more) of your ghosts, the game takes pains to be challenging but not frustrating -- and never impossible.
The game's animations are charming, and, although the violence is too much for very young players, it's OK for most older kids, since it's blood-free and cartoonish. The layout of some buttons is awkward, but that's a minor gripe. Players instead will be too busy having fun blasting their way through the game.
For kids who love action and arcade games
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