A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Puzzles get more challenging as you go along, but most are easy enough to complete (even if you don't manage to score a medal with a high score on every round).
Violence & Scariness
Alan, the blob-like hero of the game, can get eaten by the giant, toothy Noms. If he falls into one of their mouths, they will chew him up and his eyes will fall out. These characters are all blobs, though, and the violence is extremely cartoonish.
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Products & Purchases
This free app has banner ads for other apps that run across the bottom of the screen. In addition, extra levels can be purchased from within the app. Also, downloading user-created levels will cost you one "credit." The app comes
with five free credits; beyond that, you will need to spend money to buy
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.
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