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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Gameplay is challenging -- you'll see the Game Over screen a few times before you're through -- but difficulty increases slowly, and it's easy to improve.
Violence & Scariness
The Gems punch, whip, and explode their enemies, but it's pretty mild stuff. Power gauge shows inflicted damage, and defeated enemies vanish in a beam of light.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The Gems' bodies are those of fully grown, curvy women; some families may find a positive body-image message here, though others might object. All characters are fully covered up, and their movements aren't suggestive.
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Though the show has been known to include some innuendo, the game's dialogue is G-rated overall.
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Products & Purchases
Cartoon Network logo on the app's main screen and game ties into a show on a commercial network. However, no in-app purchases, and references are easily ignored.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
No references to drinking, drugs, or smoking. However, there's an abundant consumption of Cookie Cat ice cream sandwiches from a hamburger-shaped backpack.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Attack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG is a role-playing game featuring the characters from the Cartoon Network animated show Steven Universe. Steven and his fellow Crystal Gems set off on a magical quest to retrieve escaped light creatures and save the world from the havoc they might wreak. Kids play through five levels and use all four characters (Steven, Amethyst, Garnet, and Pearl) to battle enemies in each stage. They'll also collect items ("Loot!" as Steven exclaims) and solve simple puzzles along the way. There is punching, whipping, and exploding, but there are no graphic results, and defeated enemies simply disappear. The positive message embedded in the game is that the characters must work together, and all have something valuable to contribute.
Is It Any Good?
Attack the Light - Steven Universe Light RPG is challenging in all the best ways. Difficulty ramps up as you progress, and enemies get tougher as the player levels up the characters and accumulates more "loot." Kids can advance through levels without completing all challenges, which is nice, and users can revisit past levels at any time to gain more experience or gather more items. There's also great visual style: Steven Universe is notable for its hand-drawn animation, and the game echoes and honors the quirky iconic look of the show. Older kids and parents also may appreciate this game for its sly self-awareness and humor; Steven's excited to set off on an adventure "just like in an RPG," and a few references to "dungeons" and "loot" feels like a classic The Legend of Zelda throwback.
Though the game isn't cloying or preachy about this point, there's a nice message embedded in the way these characters interact. Though Steven can't fight, users will quickly discover that they should use him on every turn in a battle so he can level up the other three characters' harmony and deploy other tools to boost their capabilities. There's a subtle message here that everyone's contribution matters and that you don't have to have the same abilities to be an important member of the team. Though the game is rewarding and fun in its own right, it's nice to have that positive message at its heart.
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