Whack Zombies

 
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Frustrating whack-a-mole-style game misses target.

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Ease of play

While this game seems simple enough, it's surprisingly difficult for younger kids to play because it can be tricky for little fingers to hit the right tiny coffin out of which the zombies and angels appear. They're spaced very closely, and even the initial game speed in easy mode is rather quick.

Violence

Hitting zombies (and avoiding hitting angels) that appear out of coffins is the premise of the game. When users hit "Play" on the main screen, it prompts the first whack of a mallet, and a zombie with blood pouring down his face appears. In the game itself, zombies don't bleed when hit, but instead lose their eyes.

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Consumerism

The main screen has an option to see more games from the developer.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the free app Whack Zombies is a tiny-screen version of the whack-a-mole style arcade games. Players try to clear the zombies popping out of coffins within a set time limit (30 seconds at first), and lose time if they hit an angel by accident. There's a bleeding zombie on the main screen, but no blood during gameplay -- when hit, zombies lose their eyes rather than bleed.

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WHACK ZOMBIES has the strange-looking cartoon zombies, silly spooky music, and free status going for it. But it can be really frustrating for younger kids whose fingers cannot move quickly or accurately enough to hit the right little coffin to whack the right little zombie. Even for older players, the fun of real-life whack-a-mole style games just doesn't translate well to the small screen in this case.

App details

Device:Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:March 2, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:2.10 MB
Publisher:Canada Droid
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.5 and up

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