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By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Clever audio mystery tests your listening skills.

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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+

Great game, but has some strong language

I loved playing this game. It's a bit addictive and has a great premise. I really felt like a hacker in a sci-fi movie. Here's the only big problem: I got this game because the reviews here said no language. That isn't true. The s-word was used freely throughout the game, as well as some language that isn't considered foul in america, but is pretty bad in england. One character also makes reference to his... erm... nether regions, but it is so vague that younger players won't notice. In summary, this is a fun game, but the language is a problem.

This title has:

Easy to play/use
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Though seemingly simple, this audio puzzle game will entice anyone who loves mysteries and podcasts but wish that the latter were more interactive. In Alt-Frequencies, you have to listen to the radio, switching back and forth between stations, in an attempt to figure out why everyone seems to be caught in a time loop. To do this, you have to record things off the radio and then play them for other people. Which sounds simple enough, and the controls just involve you tapping and swiping, but this gets increasingly intricate as it progresses. In fact, the gameplay can reach the point where some people might grow bored or frustrated if they can't figure some of the puzzles out, or if they have no patience.

It helps if you're not looking for something realistic -- we are talking about time loops here -- although this never gets super technical or scientific. Think of the game like this: as if Bill Murray from the movie Groundhog Day did a podcast, and you had to help him break out of his rut because he's genuinely worried. Action fans and the impatient won't take to Alt-Frequencies, but podcast lovers and mystery fanatics will find it to be fascinating listening.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: May 16, 2019
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Topics: Adventures
  • Publisher: Plug In Digital
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: May 20, 2019

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