Demolition Dash HD

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Nonstop destruction by cute monster is fun for older kids.

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Ease of Play

There are only two controls in the game, making it hard to confuse them. Timing can be a little hard to figure out, but the game is less about challenging the player to complete something difficult and more about enjoying the mayhem. 

Violence

Your tiny monster has one thing on his (or her) mind -- destroying everything in its path -- but the game is very cartoon-like and charming. The rampage sees you overturning cars and trucks and sending police in the air with your roar. The app has no blood or screams of despair, however. 

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Consumerism

At points throughout the game, users earn "coupon codes," which they're encouraged to redeem on the developer's website. These codes act as discounts to a variety of commercial outlets, ranging from earbud manufacturers to t-shirt sales shops and more. While you'll earn a 10 percent to 15 percent discount, the point of the codes is to encourage you to spend money. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Demolition Dash HD is an arcade game in which your character is a Godzilla-like creature wreaking havoc on cities including Paris and Rio de Janeiro. It's a nonstop trail of destruction, but one that's done in cartoon fashion by a cute little monster, whose roars sound like a toddler. You'll avoid hazards (like pits and police) by jumping and roaring, the only game controls. Parents should be aware, though, that the game rewards players occasionally with coupon codes, which can be redeemed at the developer's Facebook page; the codes offer users discounts at a variety of online retailers. From a business standpoint, it's an interesting monetization method, but it adds a heavy layer of commercialization to the game. Users can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

Good arcade games have characters that exude personality -- and the stubbly little 'zilla in DEMOLITION DASH HD loaded with it. It takes what could be a standard clone of the "destroy everything in your path" type of arcade game and makes it memorable and fun. With your monster's almost childlike roar and singleminded mentality, you'll have fun wrecking major cities of the world as he rampages through town. Beyond this, the game has a wonderful soundtrack and bright artistic style to bring it further to life. The add-on commercialization through Facebook coupon codes is distracting and seems out of place, but not enough to take away from the fun factor. A non-HD version of the game is available for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Either way, it's money well spent. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $1.99
  • Release date: June 4, 2011
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 52.20 MB
  • Publisher: dreamfab
  • Version: 1.3
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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