Zombie Gunship

Common Sense Media says

Unique, slower-paced zombie shooter played from the air.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Aiming isn't instantaneous, giving the game a touch of realism, but this means it takes longer than expected to kill the undead. Also, the map is sufficiently large that keeping an eye on the entire area can be difficult. 

Violence

For a zombie game, there's actually less violence than you'd expect. You shoot zombies into pieces, but it's done from a high altitude and uses a night vision lens filter, so there's no gore. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game pushes in-app purchases to upgrade your weapons, though players can earn the necessary points to do so simply by playing the game. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
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. With Game Center, 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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zombie Gunship is a zombie shooting game for iOS devices, but it presents the fight from a unique perspective. Rather than having the undead hunt down the player and using blood and gore as a crutch, the game puts players in a C-130 attack aircraft and tasks them to defend a base from the sky. This limits the levels of violence and adds a tower defense model to the game. There is a mild push for in-app purchases to be aware of. And users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Zombie games are a bit played out in the App Store. Generally, if you've seen one, you've seen them all -- shoot the shuffling (or sometimes speedy) undead as they try to devour your cranium. ZOMBIE GUNSHIP turns the genre on its ear, though, taking you off the ground and reinvigorating things in the process. Using a grainy infrared camera, you'll shoot the zombies from an attack airplane, while trying to save civilians running for cover. The game's pacing is also slower than most zombie games as well, which works to its benefit.

Using a word like "realism" with a zombie game seems wrong, but the game does feel more like a simulation than a gory fantasy game -- ditching background music and colorful graphics for a stark feel that works wonderfully with the formula. The result? One of the smartest zombie games to come out on any platform. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:August 6, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:15.80 MB
Publisher:Limbic Software
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDrayoc December 8, 2011
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11
QUALITY
 

Captivating and challenging

Your bunker is constantly being attacked by zombies and huge mutant creatures, and your purpose is to protect it. All of this is on a heat sensor so it's all in black and white. You use three different weapons, a minigun, missles, and bombs, to stop them from reaching your bunker, while at the same time protecting those civilians that are approaching it. When you hit a zombie, they blast to pieces and disapear, if you hit a citizen, you get a penalty, if you hit three civilians, your pulled out and the game ends. There's no blood or gore however since it's top view down, and It is all on a heat sensor so it should be ok for 11 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 9 years old July 20, 2012
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8
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ZOMBIE GUNSHIP

This app is fine, but it needs to be more challenging.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 15 years old Written bySalsander October 13, 2013
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10
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Fun Game With Minimal Violence

Zombie Gunship takes you under the helm of an AC-130 gunship to mow down zombies. Because you are shooting these zombies from a high distance and the viewing screen is black and white, zombies look like mere black dots on the field. No blood can be seen when these zombies are shot. Humans are also seen on the field and can be shot, but your goal is to guide them into a safe area. Human kills are penalized and if three of them die, your round automatically ends. There is also no story, so don't worry about any language or adult themes arising. Zombie Gunship is a great game that shows zombie games don't need to be ultra gory. A must buy for preteen zombie fans!
What other families should know
Too much violence

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