Geometry Wars: Touch

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Arcade classic is challenging, gorgeous, hard to control.

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Geometry Wars: Touch is a dual-thumbstick game: One thumb in the lower left controls the movement and one in the lower right controls the direction of fire. However, on a small device such as the iPhone it's easy to slide you thumbs too far, and they also obscure parts of the screen where enemies could be.

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The player and enemies are all geometric shapes, and there are a lot of bullets flying and explosions, but everything is abstract.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Geometry Wars: Touch is an iOS version of the classic Geometry Wars arcade game. The game involves shooting and explosions, but everything is done in an abstract geometric style. Players can optionally use Facebook to track high scores on the leaderboards.

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Is it any good?

GEOMETRY WARS: TOUCH brings the popular arcade game (originally on the Xbox) to iOS devices, with the same neon-on-black graphics and fast-paced action. There are several modes to unlock, from a three-minute countdown, to "Pacifism" in which you can only move but cannot shoot, to "King" in which you can only shoot from within certain zones that disappear after a short time. There is a multiplayer mode if you are within range of other iOS devices using Bluetooth. The game is challenging and gorgeous to look at.

However, on a small screen, the game can be frustrating to play, because your thumbs obscure a good portion of the display and you can't always see enemies coming. Also, it's easy for your thumbs to slip out of position, so guiding your ship through the hordes of enemies can be quite difficult. Overall, it's a good game, but it was designed for physical controller; the touchscreen is harder to use.

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For kids who love arcade games

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