Today he was playing a shoot ’em up game on the Mac with our girls. Shoot ’em up games are a dime a dozen, but not usually what you’d expect pre-schoolers to indulge in, right?
Even worse than the shooting was what was being shot.
Blasting Barnyard Animals For Fun
My husband and all three girls were sitting on the family room sofa when I walked in. I’m not sure if they were engrossed or just grossed out.
There on the Mac was Barnyard Blaster, a shoot ’em up game with a simple premise that even our pre-schoolers could understand.
Don’t let the barnyard animals escape. Blast them using half a dozen weapons (flame throwers and rocket launchers).
On the Mac’s screen was a hybrid hunting range farm yard files with cows and sheep. My husband was blasting away. The two youngest girls sat with eyes wide open. Mouths wide open, too.
The oldest girl had closed her eyes and covered her ears (bless her heart– a leader of conscience).
I doubt if any of the girls understood the different levels gained by blasting animals and gaining points (in monetary value, no less).
I’m sure they didn’t know why the animals were trying to escape, though our almost-six-year-old was sure it was because they were being shot at with rockets and flamethrowers.
There are 10 different animals in Barnyard Blaster (I’m not sure I could name 10 animals living in a barn yard on a farm).
In addition to the barnyard, there are seven other environments. The sound is loud. The weapons are a mere click away (just in case you run out of ammo).
My husband was gleeful. The girls were fearful. Or, stunned. I wasn’t sure.
There’s no doubt that games such as Barnyard Blaster are popular. This one is on the Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Instead of blasting terrible trolls, or hideous brain-devouring zombies, you get to blast cows, sheep, and pigs, oh my!
Oh, the humanity!
As games go, this one’s graphics are nominal, so it’s not aimed at teenagers or serious gamers. All that was missing was the bleating sounds of sheep as they are slaughtered by various and sundry rifles and guns.
Oh, the humanity, indeed.
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