Family Games Fun

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Good collection of classic games with so-so interface.

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Ease of Play

The games themselves are mostly familiar games so they are easy to play, and there is a page of instructions for each game. However, the interface can be confusing, particularly adding more players and playing against other people. Also, sometimes the controls are fiddly, not registering touches in the right spots.

Violence & Scariness

Two games have minor violence: Battle Fleet, which shows little explosions as ships are hit, and Hangman, which shows a stick figure (pencil drawing) being hanged.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Family Games Fun is a collection of eight classic games like 9 Men's Morris, 4 in a Row, Tic-Tac-Toe, and others. Some of the games require logic and planning and players will learn a some strategy. The games themselves are easy to learn but the interface is not intuitive and sometimes it's hard to tap exactly in the right spot, which can be a problem in games like Hangman. The app can be explored in Tournament mode, where up to 4 players can compete at one time.

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Is it any good?

FAMILY GAMES FUN is a collection of many popular classic games (some with non-trademarked names): Battle Fleet (Battleship), Squares (Dots), Matchsticks, Hangman, 4 in a Row (Connect 4), 9 Men's Morris, Noughts and Crosses (Tic-Tac-Toe), and Safecracker. The game has a great look to it, with hand-drawn doodles on various types of paper. However, the interface leaves something to be desired: adding another player isn't intuitive, and a lot of functions take multiple taps and screens to access. The game sometimes takes a long time to register success or defeat -- for instance, even when you've finished the word in Hangman you may need to wait a few seconds before the game acknowledges that you've won.

The app is a nice, portable substitute for pen and paper games once you've gotten past the interface issues, but it's nothing spectacular. The ability to play games against either the computer or another player is a nice touch, but these classic games may find it hard to compete with flashier apps.

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For kids who love playing with others

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