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Doodle Jump HD
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doodle Jump HD is the popular mobile tilting game, ported over to the iPad. There's not a lot of new content and the game still requires hand-eye coordination that is likely lacking in very young children, but is not objectionable content-wise. This version of the game does integrate the OpenFeint social network, and users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation in both is optional. A multiplayer mode is available via Game Center, though no personal information is exchanged.
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What's it about?
Kids tilt the device to guide the Doodler as he jumps higher and higher, collecting power-ups and avoiding obstacles along the way. The higher up the course The Doodler goes, the deadlier the obstacles, but the better the boosts, such as springs and rocket packs. Kids can play a multiplayer game with Game Center friends, or with a random matchup using Game Center. T
Is it any good?
DOODLE JUMP is one of the members of the app store royal family -- and justifiably so. The title is, as advertised, insanely addictive, and achieves this with simple, but never simplistic, gameplay. The iPad version, which was long in coming, doesn't really add to the experience, though. There's an extra theme, which is nice, but that's about it. And tilting the iPad is much more tiring than playing the game on a handheld device.
Admittedly, that extra theme -- a race-themed multiplayer -- is a blast, though, and the game hasn't gotten any less fun. If you don't own a smartphone or iPod touch, this is an obvious choice. If you do, though, there's not much incentive to pay $3 for another copy of essentially the same game.