A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Scribble Hero wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
With simple controls and a basic concept, Scribble Hero is easy to pick up and play. As the game advances, the numbers of on-screen enemies increases, though, making the game harder to master.
Violence & Scariness
There's nonstop violence, as Sketch's gun never stops firing and the enemies come in wave after wave, but it's all cartoonish -- and there's never any sign of suffering or blood. Weapons can be upgraded and include ray guns, bombs, and more.
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Products & Purchases
Users can buy in-game coins, which are used to upgrade weapons and buy power-ups, but those can be earned in the game as well -- and they're not forced upon players.
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.
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.
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