Demolition Dash HD
What parents need to know
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.
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.