Albert HD

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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An odd -- and oddly lovable -- game about random tasks.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

All of the 14 mini-games have different controls, but each has only one basic control for that game. The challenge level varies a lot, but some of the mini-games can be pretty tough.

Violence & Scariness

In two of the mini-games, Albert can crash a vehicle. One has him in a hot air balloon, avoiding planes. The other has him in a car (with giraffe legs instead of wheels) hopping over obstacles. In both cases, if Albert crashes, he flips off the screen.

Sexy Stuff

In the "Dating" mini-game, kissing sounds are heard as you tap on stars to turn them into hearts. For each heart you get, Albert and his girlfriend move closer together. When you win, though, they are merely seated side-by-side with a double heart over their heads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Albert HD is an odd sort of app, in which a series of 14 mini-games represent different activities in a day in the life of a boy named Albert. Mini-games include turning off alarm clocks, walking a dog, watering a flower, and napping under a tree. One is titled "Dating" but is very sweet and chaste, featuring nothing more graphic than a kissing sound (that doesn't accompany any onscreen kissing). There's also a version of the app for iPhone and iPod touch, with standard definition graphics.

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Is it any good?

There's something very likable about ALBERT HD. It's a very strange game that moves from the mundane (getting a bar of soap in order to take a bath) to the surreal (driving a hopping car with giraffe legs) without batting an eye. Many of its mini-games are incredibly short, but tough enough that you'll play them multiple times if you want to earn a three-star rating. And each game has a mystery prize hidden in it, a random object that you need to find and tap, with only a silhouette to guide you. The mystery prize may be an apple, a teddy bear, or a boat. And finding them all unlocks a special bonus area. The real joy of Albert, though, is how varied its games are. The developers obviously tried to use every control type the iPad could offer -- tapping, swiping, tilting, even speaking. It's good, strange fun.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: April 6, 2011
  • Category: Kids Games
  • Publisher: Fingerlab
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later

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