Shooty Skies - Endless Arcade Flyer

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Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Old-school, fast-paced shooting game can fly into buys.

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Ease of Play

The game is very easy to learn, with simple one-finger touch controls and auto-firing, but it moves fast.

Violence & Scariness

Automatic and constant gun and missile fire, but no human opponents and all-pixelated explosions.

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Consumerism

Video ads and purchases available to upgrade weapons and earn coins but not necessary to play. Advancement is fairly slow without, however, and some weapons can only be purchased with in-game cash and used for a limited time.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Shooty Skies - Endless Arcade Flyer is a basic arcade game where you help a character fly through the skies filled with cartoony aliens and other silly-looking bad guys that continually fire at you. The game has a retro feel to it: If you remember arcade classics such as Asteroids you get the basic idea. With one of the many types of guns, you can blast bad guys -- and they can eliminate you with flying objects -- but there's no blood, and characters break apart into tiny pieces. There are lots of opportunities to buy characters and weapons with real money, but kids can play without buying anything.

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What's it about?

SHOOTY SKIES - ENDLESS ARCADE FLYER borrows its design and basic idea from classic arcade shoot-‘em-up classics such as Galaga and Berserk but with a cartoon animal piloting an airplane. With a single finger you maneuver around the screen, avoiding obstacles your enemies fire at you while your own gun auto-fires continuously. As you play, you collect coins and gifts that are used right away -- a wide shot or an extra gun -- or later to buy upgrades and new characters. The upgrades are useful, but the different characters and airplanes don't really do much to change anything but the aesthetics. You also can watch ads to earn coins or buy upgrades and characters with real money. If you take your finger off your airplane, you charge your weapon up for a super-powered blast that is ideal for killing bosses. The game sometimes takes a picture of the biggest hits that can be shared on social networks.

Is it any good?

This endless shoot-‘em-up game is surprisingly fun to play, though it's frenetic and full of guns. The one-touch control is fantastic, and the unusual tactic of taking your finger off the screen to charge your gun is different and challenging since you have to keep moving to avoid obstacles. The game is easy to learn and not too hard to play, but it's an endless high-score chaser: You aren’t meant to last very long or get very far, which ads replay value, but it could frustrate younger players or kids who are used to games with levels and specific goals. Also, there are lots of opportunities to watch ads and buy upgrades, but it's also possible to earn guns and characters without using real cash.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about in-app purchases and your rules about them.

  • Talk about how video games have changed over the years and new developments, such as virtual reality. What are the advantages of games looking more and more real, and what are the drawbacks?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free (with optional in-app purchases)
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 29, 2015
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 71.40 MB
  • Publisher: Mighty Games
  • Version: 1.001
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.1 and up

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