A Monster Ate My Homework

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Fantastic knock-'em-down physics game with a fun theme.

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Ease of play

The controls are simple and work well. The difficulty is low at first, then gradually gets much tougher as you move along.

Violence & scariness

There are bomb blocks in later levels that can explode, but the monsters here are all just blocks, and the only danger from explosions is that they might knock your homework into the lake.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Monster Ate My Homework is a physics-based strategy game in which players must throw balls at "monsters" (all of which are really just polyhedrons with angry faces) in order to knock them off a platform. The tricky part comes in that you must make sure you don't knock any of your stacks of school books into the water as well. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is strictly optional.

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The "monsters" of A MONSTER ATE MY HOMEWORK may really be just angry blocks, but that's part of the game's charm. It's a physics game that manages to be fun, adorable, and (once you get into it) quite challenging. It's also pretty addictive. The three-dimensional aspect helps it stand out from other physics apps (and makes it feel more akin to the Wii game Boom Blox). Before you throw your balls to knock off the monsters, you can circle the entire area in 360 degrees and pick any angle to toss from. There are 85 levels -- and possibly more to come with updates -- but the levels keep changing enough and introducing enough new elements that you won't find them repetitive.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:April 1, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Geek Beach
Version:1.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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