Clay Jam

Common Sense Media says

Beautiful, fun action game kids and parents will love.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Directing the clay is very intuitive, done with finger swipes, and the game eases players into the experience. 

Violence & scariness

Minimal violence. When your ball hits an obstacle, stars appear. And when you hit a Bully Beast, it flies through the air, but no harm is shown. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Players can purchase additional clay via in-app purchase, but it's not aggressively pitched. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Clay Jam is an action game where players attempt to aid residents of a Claymation world. There's some violence, but it's cartoonish and very minimal. (Players knock "bully beasts" as far as possible at the end of each level by rolling a ball at them, but not in a malicious manner.) There are in-app purchases, but they're not aggressively pushed on players and not necessary to enjoy the game. 

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Clay Jam wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Clay Jam wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players attempt to save a world by rolling a ball down a clay mountain, squashing small creatures to grow in size and bounce enemy "bully beasts" as far as possible. They control the direction of the ball by "carving" a path in the clay with their fingers, which the ball follows. Bully beasts can only be ultimately defeated by finishing a number of tasks, such as roll down the hill without touching anything or squashing six of a certain creature in a row. After each level, players collect clay, which can be used to create other creatures they can squash on the hill and unlock other hills.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Clay Jam is quirky, fun, and adorable. The Claymation effects of the game are outstanding, and the gameplay is simple but addictive. Everything feels right about the movement, and the sounds are spot on -- squishy and often goofy fun. 

Is the game simplistic? Maybe, but there's a complexity behind its basic controls that will bring you back time and again. And kids will love playing in a real-life cartoon setting. It's an app that will thrill and amuse you and your kids -- and you can't ask for more than that. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:December 6, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:48.40 MB
Publisher:Zynga
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android requirements vary with device

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 11 years old March 22, 2014
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LEARNING

Awesome app that your kids will love!

I LOVE this game! It's simple and addicting! You roll a Pebble down a hill (You can control the Pebble by creating gouges in the hill) and try to squash monsters smaller then you. You can get bigger by squashing monsters. As you get bigger, you can squash bigger monsters. But you must be quick because the Bully Beasts have made an avalanche to try and stop you. There really isn't that much violence. When you squash a monster, it just gets squished. There is no blood or gore. When you knock a Bully Beast, it will fly through the air and land on the ground, but no harm of the Bully Beast is shown. When you complete all the quests in a hill and 'defeat' the Bully Beast, the Bully Beast will become a ghost and float off. That's how violent it gets. The game is a bit confusing at first, but your kids will get used to it.

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