Save the world from an alien invasion in Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion: Turret Alert. While it doesn't necessarily fall into the educational category -this app sure is fun! Shoot your way through this arcade style game geared toward children.
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Players begin playing as Turret, but by earning more coins, can unlock new players. Next users choose a weapon. Again, earning coins will unlock weapons different form the standard blaster. Last, select power-ups as needed to help you knock out these aliens.
Game play is very rapid. Shoot the brainy aliens before they shoot you. As Turret turns and moves automatically through the levels, groups of aliens pop from boxes, school buses, or run aimlessly around. Separate the alien from his brain, and you'll move to the next area. Don't forget to pick up the coins dropped by the aliens. But be quick! You'll soon be moving to the next section. And don't forget to shoot the mystery boxes or balloons for a surprise. If you are lucky, a handful of bonus coins bounce across the floor. If you are unlucky, a bomb flies to the forefront. Shooting the bomb will mean game over for our fearless fighter.
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This app was a great mindless activity for when I needed some down time. My five year old loved the fast moving game and graphics. Since tapping the aliens is basically all you need to do, this is a shooter game appropriate for young gamers. Players don't need the accuracy some of the more advanced games require. Additionally, the cartoony graphics are fun and perfectly appropriate for the 5-8 year old crowd eventhough the app is rated 9+ on the App Store! The added challenge of picking up the coins was a little lost on my little one, but older kids will enjoy gathering coins to purchase power-ups. I'm not going to lie, the game moves very quickly, and I had a tough time collecting the coins fast enough. So maybe kids won't be the only ones enjoying the challenge.
Overall, Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion: Turret Alert is a great shooter app appropriate for the younger gamers. It's game play and pace are reminiscent of old school arcade games - but with modern graphics. It's a fun way to kill a little time and a lot of aliens.
Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion: Turret Alert is available for download via the iTunes App Store - iOS Universal and Google Play (coming soon) for Android Devices
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, the app had no ads, in-app purchases, and external links were behind a parent gate. This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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