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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Shooter has expected blood, mini-game breaks, nice graphics.

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Ease of Play

The game has an easy to use control structure that works much better than several shooters on the market. 


The game is a nonstop fire fight. The main character is a mercenary sent to recover a mad scientist. Players will have to fight their way through henchmen and mutants using rifles, shotguns, rocket launchers, and more. When enemies die, there's a notable blood stain that doesn't disappear over time (though the bodies do).


A robot companion named Sara has bolts over her breasts that strongly imply nipples. 


Occasional "hell" and "damn."


A link from the main menu shows other games by the developer. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SHADOWGUN is an action shooter that takes inspiration from the Gears of War console franchise. The shooting is nonstop and while the amount of blood is less prevalent, this is still a game that's much too violent for younger players. There is occasional mild profanity, and a female robot seen early in the game is visually designed so that she appears to be topless. There have been some complaints of the game crashing by users, but we did not experience that in our review. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Teen, 14 years old Written byDrayoc April 23, 2012

Fun with some blood.

this game is not exactly new when it comes to the story line, but it does have beautifully done graphics and environmnets. It's pretty simple really, you f... Continue reading

Is it any good?

While SHADOWGUN has been accused of borrowing a bit too much from the Gears of War franchise, there's enough in this app that differentiates itself from the console hit. The shooting elements that dominate the game certainly follow the same pattern -- enter a room, then fight your way through it, using cover to protect yourself. But the inclusion of puzzles and pattern recognition games are nice breaks to the fighting. The controls handle well, which is a relief. And the graphics are incredibly well done. This is certainly one of the best looking iOS games to date. 

It's an expensive title, though, and one that gets repetitive after a while -- but that won't be enough to turn away core fans of the shooter genre. 

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