Catcha Mouse HD

 
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Use strategy to trap a critter; fun, with no animal cruelty.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game includes a tutorial, but even without it, the game is easy to play, thanks to a simplified user-interface; simply tap on the board to lay down a mousetrap.

Violence & scariness

Although you're laying down mousetraps, you don't see the mouse get hurt by them.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Various buttons will take you to the App Store, where you can purchase additional games by the publisher. You can also buy additional levels as an in-app purchase. A link on the help screen takes you to the publisher's web site, where you'll see more apps available to buy.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to play against friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname. Requesting or accepting a friend via email will reveal the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and the sender’s email address. Game Center is optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Catcha Mouse HD has players lay down mousetraps to prevent a mouse from escaping through holes. If you fail, the mouse gets away, but if you succeed in trapping the rodent, you move to the next level. The virtual mouse is not harmed in the game. Parents should also know that the game gives 30 free levels, but a $1 in-app purchase unlocks more levels. This review is based on the iPad version; similar versions for iPhone/iPod Touch and Android have some differences in functionality.

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Based on the Catcha Mouse iPhone games, this iPad version brings the same rodent-trapping fun to the touchscreen tablet -- but with high-resolution graphics, new levels, and Game Center integration for global high-score boards, friend challenges, achievements, and more. CATCHA MOUSE HD challenges you to place mousetraps on a board to prevent a mouse from escaping through holes. You and the mouse take turns moving one step at a time, so you'll need to plan ahead to block the critter properly. If the mouse gets away, you'll have to repeat the level with a different tactic. Thirty levels are included with this free download, but a $.99-cent in-app purchase gives you Levels Pack 1. Problem is, you don't know how many levels are included. Other beefs: you're not graded on your performance, and there's no multiplayer option as there is with some of the iPhone versions. But it's hard to nitpick over a fun, free puzzler.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:January 6, 2011
Category:Strategy Games
Publisher:Odasoft
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Kid, 9 years old February 12, 2011
 

addicting and challenging

it is a very fun app and it is very challenging when the mouse makes it into the hole the audience boos but when the mouse has no where to go they clap.

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