Freaking Inkies



Despite its title, colorful app is fun, family-friendly.

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Ease of play

Target the inkies by tilting your device to center your icon on the creature. Then squirt your ink by pressing two buttons at once -- either two of the same for a primary color, or two different ones to create a secondary color. There's an infinite amount of ink, so missing a shot doesn't matter.

Violence & scariness

Players squirt ink-blobs at little monsters that invade the pages of your books. Messy, but not violent.

Sexy stuff
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The title has an iffy ring to it. Nothing else does, though.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite its questionable title, Freaking Inkies is an otherwise family-friendly -- and even educational -- arcade game. Color matching and color-combining are key elements of play. And math even comes into play on certain levels. Parents should be aware, though, that the game can (but doesn't have to) connect to the Plus+ online gaming community.

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FREAKING INKIES is a far edgier name for an app than this generally innocent and incredibly enjoyable game deserves. There's a cathartic fun in squirting colored ink everywhere and making a huge mess (which is cleaned up at the end of every level), and having to think fast and create color-combos on the fly adds an exhilarating thrill to it all. The developers never let the game get too repetitive either, as more and more varied challenges are added as the levels progress. Freaking Inkies is a solidly great game.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:June 18, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Size:35.40 MB
Publisher:Atakama Labs Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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