Cordy 2

Common Sense Media says

Bright, engaging platformer with notable in-app purchases.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Completing most of the levels is pretty easy, but purists who want to rack up perfect scores will be more than adequately challenged.

Violence & scariness

Enemies can cause Cordy to lose all the gears he has collected, but are generally not fatal when hit the first time.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game ships with four free levels, but to play more, you'll have to pay $4.99 for the full version (via in-app purchase). 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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Cordy 2, like its predecessor, is a side-scrolling platform game that offers a taste of the game for free, but then requires players to buy the game (via in-app purchase) after just four levels. That's smart from a business perspective, 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. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Cordy 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Cordy 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Cordy navigates a series of environments, jumping, racing, and swinging to progress, while dodging enemies. He can also fast-travel through circuits by \"plugging\" into them -- and walk on walls and get speed boosts with the help of a magnet ally. Buttons on the bottom left of the screen control his direction, while others on the bottom right side are used to jump, plug in, and get speed boosts. Along the way, he must look for \"zaps,\" which give him more power.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

As a platformer, Cordy 2 is nearly as good as its predecessor -- which is a pretty high bar. It's a bit more difficult in spots, though, which could frustrate younger players. And the try-then-buy model will still come as a surprise to many people (though four levels should be enough to let you know if you'll like the game enough to feel the price is fair). The customizing options remain a waste of player money. 

Like the Sonic games, Cordy 2 is largely about navigating strange lands and collecting gears and zaps (rather than Sonic's rings). The graphics are bright and lively. The soundtrack is catchy. And the game's pacing is terrific. It's a great option for anyone who loves platform games. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:February 12, 2013
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:49.70 MB
Publisher:SilverTree Media
Version:1.0.7592
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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