A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Wild Ones wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
This game revolves around violence. It is not gratuitous; everything is presented in a very non-intimidating, cartoon environment. However, players are shooting and destroying animals for no real purpose. It's a competitive game, but there's no positive message that comes across.
Positive Role Models
The characters in this game are depicted doing nothing but shooting one another. There's not a positive role model in the game.
Ease of Play
This game requires precision and skill. Players need to be able to aim their weapons to ensure maximum damage, but they also need to position their characters to insulate themselves from being hit by other players' weapons. However, while the game is all about physics and spatial recognition, the only practical way players will become good at it is through trial and error. Players are not expected to come into the game and be able to make perfect shots right away. It takes time, patience, and every now and then, some luck.
Violence & Scariness
The central focus of this game is violence. Players equip a long-range weapon such as a missile or rocket launcher, and then aim the weapon at another character with the goal of depleting the enemy's health and avoiding incoming attacks as well. The gameplay is presented in a turn-based fashion, so it is more about strategy and precision than about constant, frenetic combat. In addition, this game is very cartoon-like in nature so the impact of the visual depiction of violence is lessened. Nevertheless, the game is all about shooting other players for the sake of defeating them.
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Products & Purchases
While this game is free and players can play through without paying for anything, they are encouraged to buy extra pets and items with real money.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Ones is a free multiplayer strategy game played on the Google+ social network. Players create and customize their own cartoon animal creature, who is then sent out to wreak havoc against other cute, cartoon animals. Players choose a weapon, such as a rocket launcher or a bomb, and then aim their shot at other animals with the hopes of knocking the rival critters out of the game before their character is knocked out. Attack animations are very cartoon-like in nature and animals are never depicted with serious damage. The game has filtered chat and encourages players to use real money to purchase extras.
Is It Any Good?
Wild Ones is a social shooting game, so the more players there are, the more frenetic -- and more fun -- it becomes. It also revolves completely around strategy. Players cannot win in this game with just pure luck, and thus players should never feel cheated if they lose. They should instead feel motivated to develop better strategies. That is the cornerstone of any good strategy game, and this title delivers on that. The graphics are decent but nothing incredible, and the weapon selection could have been fleshed out a bit more. But for what it is -- a fun, quick social game- - it fits the bill in spades.
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