Catball Eats It All

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Strangely fascinating physics-based puzzle game.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The app has very intuitive controls and is never overly complicated. Touch the side of the screen to roll in that direction and touch both sides simultaneously to jump in the air. 

Violence

If you fail to eat fast enough in the game, a large dog appears and tries to eat you. 

Sex
Language
Consumerism

Players may purchase additional levels for $1. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Catball Eats It All is a physics-based puzzle game that almost defies description. Players control a fat cat head that rolls around and eats whatever's in its path on a playing field that looks like a series of magazine clippings. It is, in many ways, like the Katamari Damacy series, which was also based on rolling and collecting. The game contains no language or notable violence concerns, but additional levels will cost players money (right now about $1 each). Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

CATBALL EATS IT ALL might be the strangest app to hit the App Store in 2011. (Actually, make that the second strangest app.) It's still a heck of a lot of fun, though. While the game lifts heavily from the Katamari Damacy series style of gameplay, it doesn't make the mistake of trying to copy the story. Instead, there really isn't really a plot here, other than a cat gobbling up whatever it can find, before eventually devouring the entire planet (which, when zoomed out, looks like a collection of dropped magazine clippings). 

It's an extraordinarily easy game to play and one that actually hooks you without you realizing it. Having to pay for additional levels (dubbed "courses") is a lot better than the in-app purchasing strategy of many other games (where you have to pay for currency to build items), and the game gives you enough of a taste to know if buying more will be money well spent for you. 

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For kids who love puzzles

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