Let’s face it, shooting games are really fun. Kids love them! I wouldn’t say that kids like them so much necessarily because of the violence. I think it’s more about the whole “tag-you’re-it” mentality. From when kids are very small, they start playing tag. Once kids get into playing online games, “tag-you’re-it” turns into “bang-you’re-dead”. Morbid, I know, but still…follow along with my logic here.
From two or three generations back, kids have played shooting games. At different points in time, it was cowboys and indians (politically incorrect now, I know), cops and robbers, or war. Of course, with the advent of the Internet, there’s less need to imagine – the images and sounds are provided. Good or bad, that’s just the way it is now.
If you’re one of those kids and you’re addicted to shooting games, then you know that during those breaks in school when the teacher lets you chill on the computer and play games, there isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that you’re going to play a game like Medal of Honor or Call of Duty in the classroom.
Of course, that doesn’t mean you can’t get your fix. There are actually some shooting games out there that don’t involve gruesome deaths, shooting living things, or other nasty things that get parents and teachers all upset.
9 Shooting Games That Are Tame Enough For School
So you’ve finished your homework, and your teacher has allowed you some computer time. There’s Internet access, and you’re even allowed to play games (within reason). You’re dying to play a shooting game, but you know most of the gruesome ones you play at home are either blocked by the school firewall, or if the teacher caught you playing them, you’d get in trouble. What’s a gamer to do?
Boxhead 2 Play Rooms
Well, let’s just say that you can probably still get your shooting fix, but you’re going to have to settle. The first online game I wanted to mention is probably one that rides at the very edge of what a teacher might consider acceptable, only because of the copious amounts of blood that squirt out of the zombies that are coming after you in Boxhead 2Play Rooms.
As you work through each level, more and more of the zombies keep coming after you. Make creative use of the exploding fuel drums, pick up weapons and ammunition in the boxes, and do whatever else you have to do to keep these horrifying and grisly beasts off of you. So, why wouldn’t the teacher have a problem with it? Well, they’re only lego characters – seriously, how gruesome can it be?
Mouse & Guns
Another fun shooting game is a sort of spy-themed game called Mouse and Guns. The main goal of this game is a lot like the one above – just stay alive. First a flying cheese craft hovers overhead (surely the source of all of the problems), and then attack dogs start coming. Eventually hopping creatures on pogo sticks…and it’s only the beginning.
You are the mouse – you’ll do flips, cartwheels, and blast away all of the creatures coming after you. Yes, it’s all the shooting mayhem your little heart desires.
If it’s a different sort of shooting game you want, then you have to check out Gunball. This game features a little gunball (you), proving his worth to the larger gunballs that you’ll face at the end of the game.
Finally, another really fun shooting game that combines the sort of Duck Hunt action with target practice is Carnival Showdown. This game starts out with shooting at paper targets, then moving ducks, and finally at pop-up figures of cowboys aiming guns at you.
Not only is it non-gruesome, you aren’t killing anyone or anything in the game at all – you get your shooting game fix, and all of the adults in your life stay happy and content.
At the very least, it’s a fun way to pass the time and get your “shooting” fix in a way that no one will have a problem with. Give some of these games a try, and let us know what other ones you like in the comments section below.
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