A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that AddictingGames is a pocket-sized version of the AddictingGames online games portal, with more than 45 games available to play for free without any additional downloading. The app itself is also free to download, but contains ads. Players can also opt into a loyalty program called mPOINTs by completing partner offers like watching a Volvo commercial. Some of the games are suitable for all ages, but there are many designed for tweens and teens that have violent or shocking themes.
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What's it about?
AddictingGames is a portal where kids can browse and play more than 45 games for free, earn more than 230 gaming achievements, compare high scores on a global leaderboard, and share game updates via Facebook Connect. Games span most of the popular genres, including arcade, puzzle, physics, shooter, and casino/card. Typically, the games are easy to pick up and play with a few simple instructions.
Is it any good?
The quality of games on the AddictingGames platform is a mixed bag. For every hidden gem -- such as the stylish and cerebral puzzle/platformer "Asleep Walking" -- there are many more throwaway titles with dubious themes and gameplay. One example is "Shoot the Puppy," where players can choose to blast a dog into thin air with a giant gun. There's also a game called "Potty Copter," where players pilot an aircraft that's constantly dropping excrement onto the ground; a Worms-like strategy game where one of the characters is a gorilla that flings excrement at its opponents; and a macabre basketball shooting game where players flick severed zombie heads into the basket to score.
On the plus side, AddictingGames is free and offers something for everyone. It uses a rating system to inform players whether a game is suitable for everyone, tweens, or teens; however the lack of actual parental controls to filter out the inappropriate titles makes this an iffy choice for young players unless they're playing under a parent's supervision.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Social Studies: geography
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles, strategy
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: May 2, 2012
- Category: Action Games
- Size: 209.00 MB
- Publisher: Nickelodeon
- Version: 2.24
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later