Catch the Candy

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Charming, sweet physics puzzler with potential.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the mechanics of physics. They'll see how objects can move other objects and affect the movements of those objects. Even younger kids can easily get the hang of the app as the outline of a finger shows how to interact with the screen. Kids can choose levels from easy, normal, hard, and pro and special seasonal levels, though advanced levels must be purchased in-app. Each level can be restarted and replayed, so kids have the opportunity to try out their hypotheses to figure out just how mechanical physics works. This very sweet app is challenging and fun and sneaks in some solid physics principles.

Ease of Play

Very easy to learn; simply tap on the screen where you want the creature to stick out his tongue.

Violence & Scariness

One level is meant to be a WWII battleground, and a creature fires a machine gun at the protagonist. You must avoid the gunfire while reaching your goal.

Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

There is a "Bulky Channel" icon on the main page, which presumably takes the player to a Bulkypix area to promote other games, but nothing happens when this is tapped.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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? 

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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