Beat Sneak Bandit

Common Sense Media says

Groovy music game requires rhythm and logic.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Beat Sneak Bandit is a game of strategy and rhythmic coordination. Advancing through higher levels gets tricky as multiple obstacles move to different rhythms. The game's music is in 4/4 time (4 beat rhythmic patterns) and can help players anticipate the beat.

Violence & scariness

While The Bandit can fall or get zapped under lights, he can't get hurt or die. Levels repeat offering the player another chance to advance through the game.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • effort

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fantastic app that'll suck kids in with its wacky plot, brain-burning logic, rhythmic challenges, and high replay value. It's smartly designed with appealing visuals and groovy-cool music.

Learning Approach

Practice logic, strategic thinking, and prediction in this brain-sizzling, rhythm-based maze game. Kids really have to plan out every step ahead of time, then move the Bandit in time to capture all the clocks.

Support

No centralized support, but in-app help cleverly unfolds during key levels of gameplay.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • strategy
  • analyzing evidence
  • applying information
  • logic
  • solving puzzles

Self-Direction

  • effort

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn rhythm and practice strategic thinking by moving The Bandit in time and around obstacles. Levels start easy, with just a few obstacles, then become more difficult and require strategy and foresight. The Bandit doesn’t have to always be on the move, though. Players can get him into place, take a break to plan their stealth retrieval (without tapping in time to the music), then go in for the goods. While kids could benefit from learning beats in different patterns or tempos, this app is a wonderful way to practice rhythmic hand-eye coordination.

This Learning Rating review was written by Kim Alessi

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kids practice keeping a steady beat by clapping along to music. Try music with different time signatures and tempos.

  • Practice strategic planning by asking your kids to talk about their plan before they move The Bandit through his maze to retrieve the clocks.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
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

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