Aiko Island

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Block-popping puzzler's unique twists make it worthwhile.

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Ease of Play

The game features very rudimentary controls that are easy to grasp and are easily explained. Like other puzzle games, it's mastering those that's the real challenge. 

Violence & Scariness

You can use a cannon or other explosive methods to eliminate non-Blue Aiko, but it's done in a very cartoonish fashion and no suffering is depicted. 

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Consumerism

A page advertising other apps by the developer is two swipes away from the main menu screen. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Aiko Island is a puzzle game that tasks players with ridding certain colored blocks from the screen, but ensuring that others are saved. The game features very mild violence as cannons and explosives can be employed to bring down "enemy" blocks (called Aiko), but no suffering is depicted and the shots are very cartoonish. Otherwise, there are no sex or language concerns and the commercial aspects (highlighting other games by the developer) are well buried in the menu options. Users can share high scores via the Game Center or Open Feint social networks, but participation is optional. Also, an HD version is available for the iPad. The two games are identical in gameplay. 

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Is it any good?

AIKO ISLAND doesn't follow the path of virtually every other game in the puzzle field and that alone makes it worthy of notice. While the game itself isn't revolutionary (it's a physics-based block popper, where you must eliminate all but the blue blocks onscreen), its inclusion of a branching path system, letting you decide which puzzles to tackle next, is nice. And the multiplayer mode, letting you compete against friends via speed-run results, is a nice solution to the solo gaming silo so many puzzlers fall into. The plot is completely forgettable, but that's not unusual. On the whole, it's different enough to be worth of your time. 

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For kids who love puzzles

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