Cordy

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Terrific platform game that hooks you, then demands you pay.

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Ease of Play

There are more buttons than some iPhone players are used to, but they're laid out so well that using them is a breeze. Completing the levels is rarely difficult, but purists who want to rack up perfect scores will be more than adequately challenged. 

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Players are encouraged to buy the game's full version (via in-app purchase) or other games by the developer in loading screens between levels. The game also offers several accessories, such as costumes for the main character, as in-app purchases, ranging from 99 cents to $2.99. These accessories do nothing to help players advance in the game. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Cordy is a side-scrolling platform game that offers a tempting taste of gameplay to people who download it, but then demands they buy the game in-app after just four levels. Businesswise, that's a smart move as those four levels are well laid out and a good incentive to pay more. But kids may not realize they'll be forced to buy the full game when they download it. The app also has several other in-app purchase options for costumes and hats for players who like to personalize their game, and many are fairly expensive. 

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Is it any good?

Cordy is one of the better platformers we've seen, which makes the game's sneaky way of getting you to pay so maddening. Certainly, we have no problem with the price -- $4.99 is fair for the quality the developers have put into the game -- but it's much too easy to download the game and not realize you're merely getting a trial, as that's not made glaringly clear in the app store. And the customization options (ranging from 99 cents to $2.99) are a greedy swipe at people's wallet.

As for the game itself, it's simply terrific: A good throwback to the glory days of Sonic with wonderful graphics, terrific pacing, and a difficulty level that's top notch. (Beating a level is easy -- but getting all the extras on each one isn't.) It's not revolutionary, but it's a lot of fun.

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For kids who love adventure and arcade games

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