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What 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.
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.