A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The game mechanics are simple drag and drop, but the interface is occasionally finicky. It won't always zoom in/out as expected, and placing the bombs often takes more than one attempt.
Violence & Scariness
The game involves placing bombs on a building and blowing it up. There is a panda character that appears to be a stuffed animal. If you place a bomb on the panda, it's blown into pieces. You lose points for blowing up the panda.
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Products & Purchases
There is a link from the main menu to the publisher's other apps on the Android Market.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Blow Up is a puzzle game where the goal is to blow up a structure using an allocation of bombs so that the building materials land below a dashed line. The bombs, which come in three varieties, can be set with a time delay to form a chain reaction. As the game progresses, the structures become better engineered and have obstacles on either side. There is a strange, gangly panda on each level and bonus points are awarded for knocking down a building in such a way that the panda hits a target. Points are lost for blowing up the panda who, rather like a rag doll, explodes into pieces.
Is It Any Good?
BLOW UP is strategic, challenging, and engaging. While it lacks some of the silly humor of Angry Birds, it makes up for it with more control over the strategy. You aren't guessing at trajectories here. Even if you guess where to place the bombs and fail, you are returned to the structure with the bombs in the same location. This allows you to move them around, test theories, and experiment. Precise bomb placement occasionally takes more than one try as they don't always snap into place as you would like, but even younger kids will be able to drag a bomb and place it on the building. Blow Up has 90 levels and three difficulty settings.
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