The Creeps!

Common Sense Media says

Strategy and some weapons keep monsters from under your bed.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Each game map has 3 difficulty levels. In addition, the maps increase in difficulty as you progress. There are some directions, but familiarity with the genre will help decrease the learning curve.

Violence

You are fighting off a variety of creeps from vampires and zombies to aliens and sea creatures. Weapons include a blaster, glue, boomerang and flashlight. There is no blood or gore - creatures simply vaporize. It's not particularly scary.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There is a link from the main menu page to buy additional maps.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

There is an option to create an account on a social network to share scores, make friends, etc. It's not all that easy to find/activate, but that login will also allow you to post scores and achievements to Facebook and Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Creeps! is a colorful and well-designed tower defense game, similar in concept to Plants vs. Zombies. The idea is that you must place weapons along the path to stop the Creeps (monsters) from getting under your bed. You'll need to strategize which weapons to buy and where to place them for maximum efficiency. You'll also need to budget and prioritize between upgrading and placing new weapons. The game has three modes: Survival (play X number of levels), Endurance (survive as long as possible), and Door Buster (survive long enough to destroy the door and stop future Creeps from arriving). While there is an inherent violence level in the genre, this game has nothing graphic and is sort of a passive/defensive level of violence.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

This classic tower defense game is adorable and fun; kids will go wild for the spooky (but not-too-scary) theme. The app includes three modes of play and advanced levels to keep kids challenged, but be aware that some levels are only available as in-app purchases.

Learning Approach

Kids will be empowered as they choose the tools to fight off the creepy creatures, and they'll learn what works and what doesn't as they test their hypotheses using different tools on different creatures. Kids will build speed and quick thinking as the creatures move more quickly as the levels increase. 

Support

There's a corresponding website where you can read cute descriptions of all the Creeps in the game, as well as get a little tech support. You also can email for additional help. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy

Kids can learn to strategize the best way to meet a goal. In The Creeps!, that goal is keeping creepy creatures from getting under their bed. Kids will make choices from a range of tools that can slow down or stop the ghosts, zombies, and other creatures, but kids may not easily transfer their strategy-building skills honed in this fantasy game to other areas. Kids will employ strategic thinking, have some spooky fun, and fight some classic childhood fears while they're at it.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

In THE CREEPS!, kids fight off ghosts, zombies, dinosaurs, and other creepy creatures trying to crawl under their bed. In this tower-defense game, kids strategize to determine which weapon or tool will stop the creeps before they reach the bed. They then release the tool -- like glue to slow the creature down or a blaster gun to kill them. Other tools that are unlocked at higher levels. Kids can connect to Game Center, but that's optional.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The Creeps! is an excellent tower defense title. Early levels are easy enough for beginners, while more advanced levels start to present a greater challenge. It's addictive to try to earn all of the awards on each level and fun enough to replay levels at each difficulty. The game comes with 12 Survival/Endurance maps and 6 Door Buster Maps. Additional map sets can be downloaded for a fee. You can set up multiple player accounts in the game, so more than one family member can play and unlock their own content.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about nighttime fears. Have a drawing party; ask your kids to draw their own character for The Creeps! that might be based on their own worries about things that go bump in the night. Or get creative and make up stories about the ghosts and zombies and creatures being defeated by a brave kid hero.

  • Lots of new strategy games are based on classics that people have been playing for hundreds of years. Introduce your kids to strategy board games like chess, and see what they think. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 9, 2010
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:Super Squawk Software
Version:1.4.8
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0

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