What parents need to know
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.
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.