A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Chicken Rescue is a fun and family-friendly tilt game with no mature content, but a lot of in-app purchases. Players tilt their device or use a joystick to navigate a mama chicken searching for her chicks, while avoiding various obstacles like pigs and cacti and winning coins by collecting flowers and busting through boxes. Coins earned in the game can be used to purchase special costumes, extra lives, and other features. Several of these features or game coins can also be purchased using real money, which can get expensive quickly (ranging from $.99 to $49.99). Coins can also be earned by giving the app a 5 star rating, so take the reviews with a grain of salt! Users can save games on iCloud and share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players tilt their device or use a joystick to navigate a mother chicken searching for her chicks, while avoiding obstacles and winning coins by collecting flowers and busting through boxes. The game gradually increases in difficulty, introducing new features and challenges throughout the first levels and providing reminder tips later. Success requires rather precise tilt control, but players can also choose to use a joystick instead of tilting their device. Playing well earns coins that can be spent on costumes or enhanced features, such as extra health.
Is it any good?
CHICKEN RESCUE is entertaining and often adorable, with responsive controls and a variety of challenges to keep things interesting. The star ratings and ability to upgrade give it high replayability. However, the constant purchasing of extra lives, costumes, and upgrades using game coins almost seems bound to confuse kids into trying to make real in-app purchases, which are pervasive and expensive. If your kids want to play, use this as an opportunity to talk the value of a virtual dollar.