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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Shoot-'em-up game not afraid to embrace its ridiculousness.

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Educational Value

Shellrazer wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The game starts easy, regardless of which difficulty level the player chooses, but ramps up the difficulty quickly. The controls are easy to use and offer players a variety of choices without penalty. 


You'll spend the majority of the game blowing things up and shooting enemy troops from atop your three-story battle turtle. There's no blood or gore, however, nor any screams of anguish.


A link from the main menu lists other games by the developer. The game also offers in-app purchases of in-game currency, for prices ranging from $1 to $10. This money can be used to upgrade your weapons. You can earn the money playing through the levels, but it comes at a much slower pace. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shellrazer is an action/arcade game that doesn't shy away from over-the-top violence and story. Players control a three-story high turtle cannon as they fight their way through enemy orcs and goblins. While the violence is nonstop and features all sorts of explosions and dispatched enemy troops, there's no blood or gore. Kids may be tempted to buy in-game currency with real money to upgrade their turtles' weapons; parents can use their phone's restrictions to block in-app purchases. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players attempt to cross a battlefield, atop a three-story war turtle armed with a variety of weapons, while legions of enemy troops attempt to stop you using cannons, artillery arrows, and other weapons. To fire at enemy troops, players can either swipe from the gun of their choice and aim with a finger or use a more precise method, wherein they target a specific area with one finger, then fire using the other. By completing levels, players get coins to buy upgrades and other power-ups.

Is it any good?

Shellrazer is a game that doesn't take itself too seriously -- and that's just the right way to play things. With over-the-top weapons, a three-story, lovesick war turtle, and comical power-ups (like spinach and mixed nuts), the game balances the ridiculous with the fun. 

Where the game hits its stride, though, is in how it slowly but surely ramps up the difficulty levels. After easing players in and getting them comfortable, it begins throwing waves of enemies at them at a breathtaking rate, but by then, players are hooked -- and while they're likely to die frequently, they're just as likely to keep on playing. 

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For kids who love action

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