Coco Loco

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Obvious but decent Angry Birds clone adds chocolate to mix.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn the basics of trajectory and strategy with Coco Loco. The apps's gameplay highlights the power of gravity and importance of trajectory. Despite its sugary theme, Coco Loco doesn't have the stickiness of Angry Birds, the reigning king of fling. Coco Loco exposes kids to physics in a cute way but may not hold their interest long term.

Ease of Play

The game features four sets of puzzles (each 15 levels), using the familiar gameplay of Angry Birds. The first set is incredibly simple, though, and doesn't present much challenge to anyone who has played this sort of physics game before. From there, the difficulty begins to ramp up.

Violence & Scariness

Coco Loco has cartoon violence of the Angry Birds variety. Some marshmallows explode and others are ninjas (which cut ropes with a sword), but there's no real sense of harm. 

Sexy Stuff
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Consumerism

A link on the main menu takes users to a store of other Chillingo games. Players can also buy the use of "Fluffy" -- a big dog that solves a puzzle for you -- for 99 cents. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Coco Loco is an arcade/puzzle game that is very much in the same vein as Angry Birds. A group of marshmallows (known as Marshies) are held captive in the "land of chocolate" and must be rescued by their friends, who are flung through obstacles to accomplish this task. Like Angry Birds, different Marshies have different abilities (exploding, cutting ropes, etc.) While the game might sound violent, it's all cartoonlike. There are some in-app purchase opportunities, but they're not heavily promoted. Users can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

Players fling Marshies toward formations to knock over or through obstacles and rescue their friends and take out enemies. This is done by "aiming" them with your finger before they're released into the air. Various Marshies have different abilities (some explode, some expand to act as blockades, etc.). Players can't alter the speed of the trajectory, only the angle. And to solve some puzzles, they'll need to get the angle just right. What makes the game different from Angry Birds is the ability to switch the order of the Marshies you use.

Is it any good?

While it might do a few minor things differently than Angry Birds, COCO LOCO doesn't really hide the fact that it's a clone. From the characters (i.e. exploding Marshies = bomb birds) to the concept, it's basically the same. But at least it's a decent knock-off. With a silly story setup and some interesting puzzle elements, it's likely to keep fans of the mega-selling app happy for a while. 

While the game might center on chocolate, it's the jelly theme that's the most interesting part. The gelatinous goo complicates several puzzles and adds a welcome degree of challenge. It's hard to say whether it's the game's design or people's growing familiarity with these types of games, but most users will breeze past the first 15 levels in minutes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Show kids that things they do every day can be real-life examples of physics in action. Shooting a basketball, for example, can illustrate concepts such as trajectory and gravity.

  • Compare the game to other physics-based titles, like Angry Birds, to determine which are the most realistic.

App details

For kids who love puzzles

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