Doodle Jump HD

 
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Learning(i)

Smartphone hit still a blast, but tiring on larger device.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game requires subtle tilts and precise aim to stay alive, and players must bounce from platform to platform without falling. The higher up the course the Doodler goes, the deadlier the obstacles, but the better the boosts, such as springs and rocket packs.

Violence & scariness

When The Doodler misses a platform he falls from the sky with a whistling sound effect, but he always bounces back for another round. He can also shoot enemies using his nose as the weapon, but this is done in innocent fashion. 

Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers. Users can opt in to Game Center to track achievements instead; it does not have chat and connections to other social media within the app. Scores are also uploaded automatically to the LimaJump leaderboard, but this can be turned off in the app. 

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. 

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion

What Kids Can Learn

Doodle Jump HD wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Science

  • motion

Doodle Jump HD wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Ingrid Simone

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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

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QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:September 1, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Size:28.00 MB
Publisher:Lima Sky
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Teen, 13 years old Written bylyndsey791 September 30, 2012
 
LEARNING

Addicting

It is a really good app for when you are bored. It does not need wifi, so long car rides can get a lot funner(: You are a cute little doodle jumper and you jump on platforms and collect many powerups to get higher. You tilt to move side to side. There are monsters blocking your way, and you will die if you hit them. There are many backgrounds to choose from- a bunny scene, soccer scene (the monsters are from different countries!!), underwater scene, halloween, space, etc. Recently, they added a new ninja scene where you collect coins to buy powerups.
Kid, 11 years old May 4, 2014
 
LEARNING

Doodle Jump

Epic Waffles here. My profile is http://www.commonsensemedia.org/users/epic-waffles. This is a fun, simple and easy game, but some younger kids might get frustrated when they die. You jump on platforms, some platforms just kill you, some make you jump higher, and other stuff. Kids can view leaderboards of the best people and high scores as well.
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Kid, 10 years old April 20, 2013
 

Doodle Jump, the popular game everyone is bound to ask for.

Doodle Jump- The insanely addictive game that's the "talk" of the time. It's not violent but there are cartoon monsters. If you are playing on a full sized ipad, than it gets tiring but if you are playing on an ipad mini or smaller device, you don't really get tired. I think it has educational value because you have to use strategy to get away from the monsters. Overall, insanely fun for everybody! (Drumroll)______________ Definitly worth $3!!!!

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