Tesla Wars

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Tower defense game about killing attacking stick figures.

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Ease of Play

The game is very easy to control and scales quite well, getting players comfortable with play mechanics before ratcheting up the difficulty. 

Violence

Enemies are fatally dispatched in a number of ways.You'll zap stick figure enemies with electric bolts, bomb them from the sky, and position mines to blow them sky high.

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Consumerism

Tesla Wars offers the option to connect to Open Feint via the start screen. That service actively promotes other games. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tesla Wars is a violent entry in the popular "tower defense" genre. You're tasked to defend a lone tower and wall against a series of stick-figure attackers, who are intent on tearing the structure down. The majority try to do so with their bare hands, but some carry chainsaws and others bring exploding barrels. (You'll even spot lightsabers in later levels.) There is some gore in the game: while the enemies are stick figures, there is an occasional sign of blood as you kill them with electric bolts, bombs, and/or mines. Also, when you zap these attackers, they're sometimes left crippled and try to crawl away to safety. It's up to you to show mercy and let them escape or zap 'em until they explode. 

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Is it any good?

Tower defense games have been around for a while, but Tesla Wars manages to make the game play feel new. Hurling bolts of lightning at your enemies from the game's central Tesla coil is entertaining and works smoothly with the iPhone and  iPad's touch interface. Tesla Wars eschews the usual strategy elements that are common in these sorts of games, focusing instead solely on the action -- and letting you buy a series of upgrades that make your tower even stronger. It's violent, but its a cartoon violence. And, admittedly, it's repetitive, but if the game play hooks you, it can chew up several hours of your time. 

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