Skylanders Cloud Patrol

 
(i)

 

Learning(i)

Cartoonish shooter an addicting companion to console hit.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Taking out trolls is as easy as tapping them. Combination shots take a little more skill. Either way, there's nothing inherently difficult here. It's more a matter of timing and avoiding game-ending mines. 

Violence & scariness

Essentially a gallery shooter, players shoot at wave after wave of trolls, knocking them off platforms. There is no blood or suffering, however. Generally players use projectiles to take out the trolls, but magic items like swords and falling anvils are used sometimes as well. 

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The game ties in with the phenomenally popular Skylanders console game, which interacts with action figures that must be purchased separately. Young children who are already begging their parents to buy them new Skylanders figures will redouble their effort after playing this. Players can also purchase in-game currency for real-world cash, though it's not necessary to progress. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some 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 Skylanders Cloud Patrol is the iOS cousin of the popular Skylanders console games. Essentially a shooting gallery, the game tasks players with knocking down taunting trolls using a variety of weapons, but it's done in cartoonish fashion. Parents should be aware that kids are already buying Skylander figurines as fast as retailers can stock them -- and that demand is only likely to increase as more kids play the app. Players can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

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

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players play as their favorite Skylander, taking out trolls that have escaped imprisonment. To \"recapture\" them, they'll shoot them out of the sky, primarily using a projectile weapon (which isn't a gun as much as a bowling ball launcher). You can touch them one at a time or slide your finger across the screen for combo shots. Should you touch a mine as you shoot at the trolls, the game is over. Through power-ups, players can unlock and level up bonus weapons, such as swords, falling anvils, and more.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

While there's absolutely no story or level progression, that doesn't stop Skylanders Cloud Patrol from being an incredibly entertaining diversion. It's an iOS title that successfully captures that "one more turn" play style that is the hallmark of so many great games. And Activision deserves credit for allowing players to "unlock" Skylanders they already own by entering a code. 

Where the game falls short of best of class is it doesn't matter which Skylander you have in the gunner's seat, the game is the same. There's absolutely no difference in play style or technique. On the upside, though, since this is geared toward kids, the fact that in-app purchases are not put front and center is commendable. And this is an app where you'll definitely get your money's worth. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$.99
Release date:April 5, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Superheroes
Size:78.20 MB
Publisher:Activision Publishing, Inc.
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

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  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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What 10 is to high.i have this game and it has no violence. my 3 year old brother has this game

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