Dark Meadow

Common Sense Media says

Spooky, violent, with plenty of eye candy; older teens only.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game drops players in without any instructions -- though it does link to a web-based guide that takes you out of the game. Tutorials are provided as you progress, however, and figuring out movement doesn't take long even without help. 


There are pervasive horror themes throughout the game and plenty of violence. Players use tools such as a crossbow and sword to combat demons as they explore, with blood spattering from the demons when hit. When defeated, they dissolve into a body-shaped black puddle. 

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Players can buy in-game gold via in-app purchase to upgrade their weapons. (This is not required, though, as players find gold as they explore the mansion.) 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players 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. With iOS 5, 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 Dark Meadow is an action-horror game that uses one of the best graphics engines available on iOS devices, making it very realistic and potentially frightening. The game is also full of violent battles with various demons who spit poison and slash at the player with their talons. Players fight back with a crossbow, sword, and other weapons in what can be bloody fights. The app lets players take a shortcut to acquiring better weapons by offering in-app purchases of the game's gold, but this is not required. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?


While there's no question that DARK MEADOW is much too violent and scary for young players, those looking for a good scare and decent action could do a lot worse. Using the same graphics engine as the hit Infinity Blade, the game looks fantastic and features detailed, creepy monsters. What makes the game really stand out, though, is its story. More so than most games in the App Store, this game is as much about plot as it is action, with well-written and well-acted voice segments from your largely unseen in-game ally. Better still, the game doesn't repeat itself in that script. 

The game's not without faults, though. When you die, you're sent back to the beginning (with your stats and items intact), but if you've progressed through several areas, that's more than a bit frustrating. And the battles are generally the same, and get old after a bit. The concerns are minor, though. Fans of action and horror games both are bound to find plenty to like here. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:October 6, 2011
Category:Action Games
Size:811.00 MB
Publisher:Phosphor Games Studio, LLC
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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Adult Written bythingthing99 December 3, 2011


What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Safety and privacy concerns
Teen, 16 years old Written byalynichelle May 3, 2013

Violent in an okay way.

Kind of reminds me of things from silent hill...
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much consumerism


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