Chopper 2

Common Sense Media says

Airborne action that's fun -- once you get the hang of it.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is not an easy game. One small mistake will result in your onscreen death. It is, however, fairly intuitive to control. Tilt the screen left, right, up, or down to move your helicopter and touch the screen to fire. When there's a lot happening on screen, though, your fingers can obstruct your view, hastening your demise. 

Violence

You'll fly your chopper primarily into combat missions, firing and dropping bombs on enemy soldiers (who are basically stick figures). Not surprisingly, they'll do their best to blow you out of the sky as well. 

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

While the app itself does not have any commercial aspects, it links with Open Feint, which does advertise other titles. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Chopper 2 uses the Open Feint multiplayer community, which can expose players to chat rooms and forums where the language sometimes gets quite salty. You can converse with strangers.

Through Open Feint, you're able to import Facebook and Twitter friends, though your results are not posted to those pages. Players also have the option to share their online status and location as well as a profile picture which can potentially create some safety issues.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Chopper 2 is the follow-up to one of the App store's more popular titles. It's a basic shoot and rescue side-scrolling title, but offers some entertaining, tense moments as you fly through areas dense with enemy missiles, trees and, well, birds (that can quickly end your flight by getting tangled in your rotor blades). The game is rather unforgiving to players at first, but is fun once you learn the nuances of the controls. And if you own an iPhone as well as an iPad, you can tether the two together, letting you control action on the iPad with your iPhone. It's one of the best integrations of the two products on the market. 

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QUALITY
 

There's a lot to like about Chopper 2, which makes it all the more frustrating that the game has such a steep learning curve. It's well-polished, has a very clean interface, and offers a wide variety of missions and environments. (All totaled, there are 36 missions in 12 areas ranging from city rooftops to deserts.) It's not only fun, it's a great way to show off what the iPad can do, as the gameplay can be outputted to a TV and it can be integrated with the iPhone as well (the iPhone becomes your controller). In many ways, Chopper 2 blazes new trails for developers -- demonstrating possibilities others hadn't thought of. Ultimately, though, it's a game that will turn away a number of players who get fed up with its difficulty. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:July 27, 2010
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Majic Jungle Software
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later

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