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Geometry Dash

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Addictive, utterly frustrating action/music/platform game.
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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's a steep learning curve, which can result in frustration, and the lack of a tutorial means it will take a while to figure out exactly what's going on in the game. However, each level has a practice mode that lets players attempt to get the timing right. 

Violence & scariness

Players can "die" by landing on everything from buzz saws to triangles, but there's no blood or suffering, and it only results in the level restarting. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

You can upgrade from the free lite version to get additional levels, an online level editor, and more.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Geometry Dash is a music-themed action platform game in which players attempt to navigate a square through an increasingly hostile environment. The game can be extraordinarily frustrating, as one small slip-up puts you back at the very beginning -- and even "easy" levels take a long time to master. Although there are many ways to "die" (which just means restarting), including by buzz saw, there's no implied violence. If kids can handle losing again and again without blowing their tops, then this app may be OK for them. A level maker in the paid app also lets players create their own play areas. 

What's it about?

Players attempt to move a square "character" through an obstacle-laden path, tapping the screen to make it jump and holding the screen to make it skip up or down stair-like ramps. Mistiming a jump or hitting an obstacle results in you having to start the level over from the beginning. Often, mid-level, your square will transform into a rocket, which you'll fly through a cave, avoiding obstacles by flying higher and lower (touching the screen raises altitude, while not touching it causes a slow descent). The timing of the jumps is aided by a musical soundtrack that plays in conjunction with the game.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

GEOMETRY DASH is a game that will split users into two camps. Many will love the addictive nature of the action platformer, but others will quickly label it as an exercise in frustration -- and they're both right. The game is maddening, and it will drive many players to fits of rage, due to a less-than-perfect control system. (The on-screen avatar doesn't always jump the minute you touch the screen.) And the counter that displays how many times you've failed seems to taunt players. 

But, by listening for musical clues and practicing the levels via the game's practice mode, it's possible to learn the patterns, which can ease the frustration. And the addition of a level-creation mode lets users design levels in an easy fashion, which extends the life of the game once you've mastered the included areas. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the best way to handle frustration -- and when it's best to walk away for a while. 

  • Families also can talk about rhythm and the joy of dancing in time with music. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free-$1.99
Pricing structure:Free to Try, Paid, Free (A free lite version lets you sample the app; the paid full version includes additional levels, an online level editor, and more.)
Release date:June 3, 2014
Category:Music Games
Size:36.60 MB
Publisher:Robert Topala
Version:1.71
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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Kid, 9 years old February 12, 2015

BEST GAME IN MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

Such a good game I got it last night and now I want to play every second I get because you can make your own levels and some of the levels are really challenging. If you are on a plane or in a car going somewhere far away well its the best time waster. And if you got the money GET THE FULL VERSION.
What other families should know
Easy to play/use
Teen, 13 years old Written byhteskllek1 February 5, 2015

Best Game Ever

I got the full version and i cant stop playing Ive spended some time playing im in the middle of beating jumper and i keep dying,raging and trying again i give this game 5 stars and on the full version you can make your own levels and Ive made an awesome level so if you want something to occupy yourself get this game and if you have the money get the full version
Teen, 15 years old Written byMy1ten0baby March 19, 2015

Great Game

I love this game and it's really good because I like a lot of the music, and you can customize your own levels. BTW, I still think it's not fully appropriate for 7 year olds because there are demon levels that the kids that young would just throw a tantrum and break their phone.
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