A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Players are encouraged to keep good humor even when things don't go as planned.
Positive Role Models
The heroes maintain a good attitude, even when faced with adversity.
Ease of Play
The pinball flippers and special skill buttons are close together, which can make it easy to mistakenly hit the wrong one. The game does present notable challenges early on, as well.
Violence & Scariness
Special skills include setting the pinball afire and directly shooting at specific enemies, but there's no blood or gore. The violence is cartoonish in nature.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes is a combination of classic pinball and a tower defense game exclusively for the Apple Arcade. Players will have to take on waves of enemy zombies, dispatching them in a pinball game as they make their way toward your character. There's loads of cartoon violence, but no gore. Power-ups include setting the ball afire and freezing enemies in their tracks. Otherwise, there's no objectionable content to be found.
Is It Any Good?
Tower defense and pinball might seem like the odd couple of the gaming world, but they work remarkably well together. Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes isn't perfect, but it's an enjoyable and unique take on a pair of familiar gameplay styles. The game's also different enough every time you play that even when you lose (and, make no mistake, you will lose frequently), you don't feel like you're stepping on the same treadmill the next time.
It's a game that doesn't take itself too seriously, poking fun at some gaming themes (like the hero having amnesia). And the power-ups during pinball increase the fun factor and improve the replayability (since you can choose different ones each time). The biggest complaint is the flippers on your screen are very close to the power-up buttons, which can cause you to misfire from time to time, either wasting a power-up or holding a flipper in the wrong position and losing a ball. It might not be as addictive as some other tower defense games, but it's a standout in an increasingly crowded genre.
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