What parents need to know
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?
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.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire|
|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|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.2 and up|