A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Beat Sneak Bandit is a clever music arcade game that's multi-level, strategic, and has high replay value. This game's all about logic and rhythm -- maneuver The Bandit through a booby-trapped maze to capture prized clocks while avoiding numerous time-triggered obstacles. There's an ingenious in-app hint feature that guides players through levels and boosts morale. High scores can be posted in the player's Apple's Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players guide The Bandit through different mansions to rescue clocks stolen by the evil Duke Clockface. Tap the screen in time with the music to maneuver The Bandit up and down stairs, around trapdoors, zapping spotlights, and past doofy security guards and other obstacles. Collect five clocks in each level to advance and open special shadow mansions. Mistime your tap and you lose a clock. A clever in-app mobile phone simulation at the beginning of each level offers players hints and moral support.
Is it any good?
The BEAT SNEAK BANDIT is a virtuous soul out to save the world's clocks one beat at a time. This is a fantastic app that'll suck you in with its wacky plot, brain-burning logic, and rhythmic challenges. It's smartly designed with great visuals and music (complete with a funky/jazzy horn section). Advancing through levels takes focus and rhythm, yet is achievable, so stick with it. Players can choose to snag just the Big Clocks (which will advance you through levels quickly), but the game's best when players strategize their moves to get all five clocks in each level. The effort's worthwhile and unlocks special "Shadow Mansions" that have even groovier music and cool visuals.
There are some shortcomings. Some players may not have a good sense of rhythm or may want to play the game with the music off, which would make gameplay tricky. Likewise, the game may fatigue players in its uppermost levels because the intricate network of teleporters is very challenging. Beat Sneak Bandit would be even better if it had an in-app tempo slider to adjust the speed of the music as well as a way to explore other rhythmic patterns or time signatures like 3/4, 5/4, or 6/8.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: music, rhythm
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence, applying information, logic, solving puzzles, strategy
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: February 16, 2012
- Category: Music Games
- Size: 72.40 MB
- Publisher: Simogo
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later