Siegecraft

Common Sense Media says

Tower defense games meet Angry Birds, with so-so results.

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Ease of play

The pace of the game is not overwhelming, but the targeting accuracy of the weapons is less than ideal, which makes the game more difficult. 

Violence

Like most defense-style games, this app features a constant stream of enemies, whom players mow down with crossbows and catapults. Enemy troops grunt when they die, and there is mild blood. There are also explosions when buildings are destroyed. The blood and gore can be turned off in the options menu, however. 

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Consumerism

Players can purchase in-game currency with real-world money (ranging from $1 to $30). A link on the main menu lists other games by the developer.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Siegecraft is a defense-style game, where players use a crossbow and catapult to fight off oncoming enemy soldiers. The game defaults to a violent mode, which features blood and screams when enemies are hit, but parents can disable this in the main menu options. Parents should also be aware that players who want to take a shortcut to better weapons can buy in-game gold through in-app purchases that can range up to $30. The game features online multiplayer through Game Center, but no personal information is revealed other than the player's chosen username. Users can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Unlike other defense games, which have you set up weapons that fire automatically, SIEGECRAFT instead takes a page from the Angry Birds playbook, with weapons that operate much like a slingshot and require constant user interaction. It's an interesting idea, but one that doesn't work as well as you'd hope. Aiming takes time -- too long, in many cases -- and it's not as precise as it needs to be for the game to be a smooth experience. Worse, the pacing has to be kept slow so players have a chance to re-aim their weapons. This, unfortunately, makes the game sometimes feel like it's dragging. 

On the upside, it's not a bad app by any means, and the low price point means people who take a chance won't be overly disappointed. The inclusion of a robust multiplayer mode is a nice touch as well. The more you play, though, the more you feel the game fell short of its potential.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:October 18, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Size:97.80 MB
Publisher:Crescent Moon Games
Version:1.0.4
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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