What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Escape from Nom is a creative and original puzzle game that requires kids to apply a knowledge of basic physics. The game has a somewhat dark sense of humor, and the player's character (a blob named Alan) can be eaten and chewed up by larger monster blobs. Also, advertisements for other apps run along the bottom of the screen. Kids might be tempted to buy more game "credits" from within the app too, though you can limit this in your settings.
Is it any good?
ESCAPE FROM NOM casts you as a helper to Alan, a little blob who just wants to drop into the ocean at the bottom of the screen. But Alan can only land in water that is the same color as him, so you need to strategically place colored bumpers in his path; they will send him ricocheting off into different directions, but will change his color when he hits them. Changing Alan's color is key, because he can also pass safely through any Noms (big, toothy blob monsters) that match his color. If he runs into, say, a blue Nom while he is orange, that Nom will have him for lunch. There's a load of strategy to placing the bumpers -- and players can opt to take the safest route straight to the sea, or to try a bouncier path and pick up bonus flowers along the way. It's a fun and unique type of strategy that should be a breath of fresh air for puzzle fans.