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Family Games Fun

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Good collection of classic games with so-so interface.

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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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