Zombie Rollerz: Pinball Heroes

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Amusing, challenging pinball/tower defense hybrid is a hit.

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Positive Messages

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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What 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.

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What's it about?

In ZOMBIE ROLLERZ: PINBALL HEROES, players take on hordes of zombies in this unique twist on the tower defense genre, moving around a map to collect treasure and fighting the undead in a pinball-like environment (complete with flippers, bumpers and hidden areas). You'll try to knock down the health bar of zombies by hitting them with the ball, using power-ups such as setting the ball aflame for short periods or shooting missiles from the ball at a specific target. Some enemies wear armor and are immune to certain kinds of attacks, and those who get too close can be shooed away with the flipper. You have unlimited balls, but should you lose one, it takes a significant toll on your health -- and health doesn't reset between levels, so there's a strategic element in choosing your next move. Zombie bosses present a different sort of challenge, requiring you to change up your pinball style to defeat them. And the story is told via captions in a humerous fashion that winks at video game stereotypes. 

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about strategy. Is it better to react in the moment or think ahead and plan? 

  • Does the digital pinball experience feel the same to you as playing on a physical machine? What's better, and what's worse?

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