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Catcha Mouse HD
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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.
Is it any good?
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.