Geostorm

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Smart move puzzler based on film begs for player cash.

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Ease of Play

Uses simple touch controls but gets challenging.

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Consumerism

Players have to watch in-game ads to unlock levels, or pay to unlock the entire game. Players can also skip levels or see how to beat them by watching ads. Game designed to promote movie of same name, has a link to its trailer on main menu.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Geostorm is a movement puzzle game that's safe for all ages. It has no objectionable content, but it really wants a player's cash. Unless you pay to unlock the entire game, you have to watch an ad to unlock many of the levels, and even have to wait sometimes before you can watch the ad. You also have to watch ads if you want to skip a level or see how to beat it. The game is designed to promote the movie of the same name, and there's a link to the movie's trailer on the main menu. Read the app's privacy policy in the game's main menu or on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In GEOSTORM (both the movie and this game), humankind has developed a satellite system to control the weather, but it's been hijacked by someone who uses it to cause disasters all over the world. As a victim of these accidents, you have to make your way out of damaged buildings and other locations that are full of exposed wires, broken floors and staircases, and other hazards. These environmental hazards are complex puzzles that you'll need to solve to progress, but that also open new areas to explore.

Is it any good?

Though it's a rather blatant rip-off of such games as Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO, and Deus Ex GO, this motion puzzle game adds enough new ideas to almost make it as much fun. Inspired by the upcoming movie of the same name, Geostorm has you making your way through buildings that have been damaged by severe weather. Moving along a grid, you have to carefully plan where to go so you can avoid hazards and solve puzzles that will, of course, help you avoid hazards. You even have optional objectives, such as finding some intel. What makes this different from the GO games is that you aren't limited to only a certain number of moves (though this is sometimes an option), and you don't often have to time your moves to avoid dying or being spotted. It's just annoying that, unless you want to pay for the privilege of playing, the game makes you watch an ad before almost every level, and sometimes makes you wait before you can watch an ad. It's also odd how you keep dropping the fire axe you need to use to solve some puzzles when you use one in almost every level. Even with all these issues, though, Geostorm will probably hold your attention until it stops raining and you can go outside and enjoy the nice weather we've created for you.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. This game constantly makes you watch advertisements, and seems to do it so that you'll buy the game. Does this seem right to you?

  • Talk about thinking things through. Often in this game, you have to plan ahead to survive, but can you see how doing this in real life might be helpful?

  • Discuss being prepared for a disaster. If something bad happens, do you know what to do?

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