City of Secrets

 
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Surreal point-and-click adventure with a dash of humor.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game plays like a standard point-and-click adventure where players tap the screen to interact with objects of interest. If players get stuck they can use the hint button to reveal all "hot spots" in a scene and receive a clue about what to do next.

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Consumerism

If enabled, the game posts updates onto the player's Facebook and Twitter feeds.

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Privacy & safety

Users can sign in with Facebook Connect or through Twitter.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that City of Secrets is a surreal point-and-click adventure game starring a talking mole named Moles and his dog companion, Rex. There's no violence or objectionable content, and the game emphasizes dialog and puzzle-solving rather than action. There's a lot of reading, but all dialogue is fully voiced. A high-definition version called City of Secrets HD is available for the iPad.

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Thought not perfect, CITY OF SECRETS is a creative and funny portable adventure game. Players alternate between Moles the talking mole and his canine companion Rex as they accidentally fall through the ground and end up in Mole City, where they become caught up in a resistance movement to free the town from the oppressive rule of its secretive mayor. Characters frequently break the fourth wall and poke fun at the genre itself, which adventure game fans should get a kick out of. Gameplay is mostly puzzle-solving using inventory items along with a few reflex-based mini-games, such as tilting the device to sort scrap into the proper recycling bins. City of Secrets boasts a decent length and great audio and visual production values, but the only snag is the text, which contains enough obvious grammatical and spelling gaffes to be noticeable. Overall, City of Secrets is a great adventure game that could have benefited from more thorough proofreading.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:April 12, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Publisher:Aidem Media
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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