Catch the Candy
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know CATCH THE CANDY (and CATCH THE CANDY HD for iPad) is a physics-based puzzle game in which a creature uses his tongue to catch candy. There's a level in which the protagonist must avoid gunfire, but no other violence in this fun and entertaining app. Note: it connects to Apple's Game Center, but participation is optional.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Engagement, Approach, Support
Cute candy-loving monsters will keep kids entertained in this fast-paced game; the design is colorful and charming as well.
As kids experiment with different ways to move the blue ball, they'll learn though exploration how the mechanics of physics works and how objects in motion interact with one another. The app also offers increasingly challenging levels and some fun tools, such as a super tail and a candy magnet.
Catch the Candy comes in five languages, and since there's such a large user base, there are YouTube walkthroughs and other fan-made supports.
What's it about?
In CATCH THE CANDY, a hungry little ball-shaped character has no way to move except by swinging around using its extendable tongue, always with the hope of grabbing some tasty candy. The goal: Tap where you want the tongue to grab and move the ball to the candy in as few moves as possible. Kids will have to use physics to move the ball with the help of other objects, like a rotating wheel, to get past obstacles to the candy.
Is it any good?
In this cute game, you're in control of a little purple creature who really likes candy. A lot. But the poor guy doesn't have any arms or legs -– only a tongue he can flick out, like a frog, to help him move around the level. It's your job to move him toward the piece of candy in as few moves as possible. This includes swimming underneath sunken ships, climbing up Rapunzel's hair, body surfing in mosh pits at rock concerts, or surviving a beachside warzone a la Normandy. The game houses more than 50 colorful and increasingly challenging levels. Using physics, you'll latch onto an object and swing, climb, or rappel toward the candy. While it's a single-player game, you can show off your skills to friends on Game Center. While the game is hard to put down, it doesn't have the replayability of other physics puzzlers like Angry Birds but free new levels are expected on an ongoing basis. CATCH THE CANDY is a charmingly sweet game for kids and kids at heart.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about physics. Practice catching and moving objects using a string with a weight attached, a magnet attached, and something sticky, like some play dough, attached. Talk about what can and cannot be moved with the different attachments.
Talk to your kids about your family's guidelines for in-app purchases. When is it worth an upgrade?