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What parents need to know
What's it about?
Players attempt to rescue their kidnapped dog through a series of puzzles and arcade games. The method of achieving both varies depending on the puzzle or game (some arcade games are Space Invaders-like shooters, whereas others have you in a spaceship dodging obstacles). Puzzles can largely be solved by exploring the environment, which is done through touching anything of interest on-screen. Once puzzles and games are solved, animated cut scenes move the plot along.
Is it any good?
Although the subject matter of FETCH - BOY AND HIS DOG might seem a bit dark (a boy whose dog is kidnapped by a seemingly evil CEO), the game itself is one of the more charming titles to come out in recent memory. Players are in the role of rescuer and get the chance to explore a wildly interactive world, where virtually everything they encounter can be manipulated.
The story itself is full of hope and joy, even as the hero jumps across a bridge of skulls and battles evil robots. The arcade games aren't especially challenging, but they're still fun and offer a degree of replayability. They also elevate the game from being a simple "touch all over the screen until you move on to the next" app. What's especially surprising is the emotional reactions the app generates for older players. It's a winner on all counts.
Talk to your kids about ...
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Price: Free-$.99
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid, Free (In the free-to-try version of the app, you'll need to pay $.99 via in-app purchase to unlock the full game.)
- Release date: August 8, 2013
- Category: Adventure Games
- Size: 808.00 MB
- Publisher: Big Fish Games, Inc.
- Version: 1.3.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
Our editors recommend
For kids who love arcade and adventure games
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