A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Fancy Pants Adventures wasn't created with educational intent, and we don’t recommend it for learning.
Ease of Play
The controls are pretty standard for this sort of arcade/platform game. You'll run, jump, slide, and roll. Getting the hang of controlling the character can take a while, though -- and the controls are "loose," meaning you might not be able to jump as precisely as you'd like.
Violence & Scariness
Pirates kidnap Fancy Pants Man's sister, but there's really nothing scary about them -- and no character is ever shown to be in real danger. In the second half of the game, Fancy Pants Man is given a weapon (such as a pencil or candy cane), which dispatches enemies after a swordlike battle. (In early levels, you simply jump on "enemies" like spiders.)
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Products & Purchases
Fancy Pants Adventures is an iOS version of an independent title, which might cause kids to ask for the console version of the game.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fancy Pants Adventures is an arcade/platform game that revels in its silliness. The hero, Mr. Fancy Pants, learns that pirates have kidnapped his sister, Cutie Pants, and he must rescue her. She's never shown in any real danger, though, and there's minimal violence in the rescue.
Is It Any Good?
Fancy Pants Adventures never takes itself too seriously -- and neither should players. The game is a good blend of arcade and platform fun wrapped loosely around a storyline that moves you from level to the next. The weak spots come in the game's controls, which aren't quite tight enough to let you perform many of the actions required to reach all of the achievements -- and the introduction of melee combat in the second half of the game seems unnecessary and slows the overall pace of the game down.
Still, for just $1, it's a no-brainer, if only for the smooth animations and the genuinely funny notes left by Cutie Pants.
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