6th Planet

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Space-landing game holds a compelling story for older kids.

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Ease of Play

Controls are tight and intuitive, and the difficulty curve is manageable. There are 3 levels of difficulty in the Master levels, and in Chill mode it's impossible to run out of fuel.

Violence

One chimp is shown attacking another chimp and drawing blood in one of the comic book panels. The space pod explodes when the player loses a level, but players can retry as many times as they like.

Sex
Language

One of the story chapters is titled "The Depths of Hell."

Consumerism

Players are prompted to rate the game in the App Store. Players may follow links to purchase a comic book, or follow the developer on Facebook.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

One of the characters is shown smoking a cigar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that 6th Planet is an arcade puzzle game where players guide a rocket ship to its landing pad by tapping the screen to control left and right thrusters while avoiding obstacles. The game's sci-fi story is narrated through comic book panels, and contains mild cartoon violence, tobacco use, and some scary moments, such as when one ape attacks another.

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Is it any good?

Plot often takes a back seat in arcade games, but not so in 6TH PLANET. The game's sci-fi narrative -- compellingly illustrated through comic book panels -- tells of a brave ape named Darius who is trained by NASA to pilot a spaceship to Saturn to investigate why the planet's atmosphere has suddenly become capable of supporting human life. In story mode players complete 30 levels of arcade gameplay where they guide Darius' ship to safety by tapping the screen. Once completed, players unlock 20 new levels in Master mode, and a Chill mode where it's impossible to run out of fuel. Difficulty is manageable, controls are tight, and the graphics and soundtrack are wonderfully atmospheric. The story's cliff-hanger ending, though unsatisfying in the short-term, promises more good things to come.

App details

For kids who love arcade and adventure games

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