Floe - A Little Bear Needs Your Help

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Don't let the cute characters fool you -- this one's tricky.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Solving the puzzles can be difficult, but the gameplay itself is easy to learn -- the first few levels are tutorials showing an additional type of control each time. Since the sliding is controlled with the accelerometer, sometimes you can accidentally tip the iPhone when you don't intend to, but fortunately there is an undo button.

Violence

If Floe gets caught under a sliding block, she flies up off the screen and then the game resets to the previous step.

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Consumerism

There is a link to the developer's website on the About screen.

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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Crystal, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, create a profile, set location, post scores on leaderboards, add friends, post status messages, and connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers. The Crystal privacy policy states that it may collect and use information including name, email address, a phone’s Unique Device ID, and IP address. Floe also uses Apple's Game Center to track leaderboards and achievements.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Floe - Little Bear Needs Your Help is a clever puzzle game that can be quite challenging -- too difficult for most younger children despite the cutesy main character. Parents should also note that opting in to the Crystal network will introduce privacy issues.

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FLOE - A LITTLE BEAR NEEDS YOUR HELP is a puzzle game in which you help a little polar bear cross ice floes to find her mama. Each floe has a series of blocks, some that slide around and some that don't. By maneuvering Floe around the empty spaces and then tilting the iPhone, you can clear a path across the floe. The puzzles are delightfully tricky, and get progressively harder. You can win stars for solving the puzzle in the required number of slides, but you only need to get Floe across the ice to unlock the next level.

Floe is nicely designed, with sharp graphics and cute cut-scenes; however, due to the difficulty it may not be great for younger kids. For older kids and adults, it will present a nice challenge.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:December 14, 2010
Category:Kids Games
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Teen, 14 years old Written bydr duck April 4, 2011
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A fun, chalanging puzzle that is great for kids to enjoy with their parents.

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