Emberwind

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Lousy controls outweigh fun elements of fantasy game.

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Ease of Play

The controls, quite simply, are horrendous. Awkward and non-responsive, they make it easy to get stuck in valleys and difficult to move. The placement of them on screen is confusing as well, making the game very difficult to play. 

Violence & Scariness

You'll encounter and have to subdue plenty of enemies in the game. There's no blood, and your main weapon is a staff, but you'll encounter things like booming cannons and magicians firing lightning bolts at you along the way. 

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Consumerism

Some secret stages remain locked until you send the game as a free gift to three friends. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Emberwind is an action/adventure sidescrolling game that embraces a fantasy world, filled with gremlins and demons. The game consists of running, jumping, attacking enemies, and collecting items for points. Combat plays a big role in the game, but there is no blood (although enemies sometimes use cannons and lightning-like magic). The game controls are an issue, though, and will likely frustrate users of any age.

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Is it any good?

Emberwind shows lots of potential, with plenty of areas to explore and sidescrolling mainstays like items to collect and enemies to vanquish. Unfortunately, a terrible control scheme makes the game an absolute chore to enjoy. The onscreen joystick is non-responsive, which can cause you to miss crucial jumps and makes it hard to retreat in a hurry. Other buttons seem randomly placed on the screen and are less than intuitive. The screen can become overly busy, which is especially frustrating when playing on an iPhone or iPod Touch. It's particularly maddening because the game has plenty of depth. But because of its other issues, players may simply give up before they discover that.

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For kids who love action and adventure

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