A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dead Space for iPad is a gory, horror-themed action game filled with blood, violence, and scary creatures that attack from the dark. It's a title that isn't meant for children or young teens. Enemy monsters -- that range from clawed predators to "Necromorphs," which look like babies -- savagely attack you regularly and can be stabbed, shot, or dismembered with a saw by the player. Innocent humans are often attacked and scream and moan as they die, leaving pools of blood on the floor. The language is also quite harsh, and there's plenty of commercialism, but it's the violence that parents will be most disturbed by. A version of the game is also available for the iPhone called Dead Space, which is exactly the same, but costs $3 less.
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Is it any good?
DEAD SPACE FOR IPAD isn't a game for everybody -- and certainly isn't one for children -- but as a survival horror game, it's masterfully done. Rather than retelling a tale from an older game in the series (or cramming the plot of the just-released Dead Space 2, which this is meant to promote, into an app), this is a completely new adventure. The story is a fun ride for those who have the stomach for the gore -- well-paced and packed with jump-out-of-your-seat moments. The game is best played with headphones, instead of the iPhone or iPad's speaker, as they make it a much more immersive experience. Graphically, Dead Space is superb and it's one of the few iDevice titles that really feels like a console experience.