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Fancy Pants Adventures

Platformer is silly and fun, despite loose controls.

What parents need to know

Educational value

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.)

Sexy stuff
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Fancy Pants Adventures is an iOS version of an independent title, which might cause kids to ask for the console version of the game. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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What's it about?

Players prompt Mr. Fancy Pants to run as fast as he can, using that momentum to scale walls (sometimes bouncing back and forth between them) and run upside down at times. The point of the scurrying is to gather \"squiggles,\" which can be redeemed for points, health bonuses, and extras such as \"weapons\" to fight pirates later in the game. Players will also meet enemies such as spiders, which they'll have to jump on to squash. Failing to do so will lower their health. Get hit too many times and you'll have to restart from the last checkpoint.

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Science: physics
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
Release date:March 1, 2012
Category:Action Games
Size:269.00 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Kid, 12 years old January 15, 2013

silvonadux review

This is one of those games I play when I want to see a stick person who sort of looks like Johney Test from that stupid TV show running around and fliping on top of spiders and ducks and sword fighting with pirates. And you can mak the Fancy pants man look the way you want him to. But honestly, I just like to see him flop all over the place like someone in the olympics.
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Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old July 18, 2014

Good game

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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
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