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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What 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.
What's it about?
WILD ONES pits cartoon animals against each other in a shooting match. The game bunches a group of cartoon animals together in a very limited amount of land, gives them weapons, and declares the last creature standing as the winner. The player controls one of the animals. The focus of this game is to develop a strategy so that not only can players easily attack other players, but also find a way to shield themselves from attacks when it is not their turn. Because this is a turn-based multiplayer game, strategies will change every time based on who the other players are and how they maneuver around the landscape.
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.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Platforms: Google+
- Subjects: Science: measurement, motion, physics
- Skills: Collaboration: meeting challenges together
Thinking & Reasoning: problem solving, strategy, thinking critically
- Price: Free but with microtransactions
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: Playdom
- Release date: August 11, 2011
- Genre: Strategy
- ESRB rating: NR