What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Gesundheit! is a puzzle game with action elements and a gross-out factor kids will adore. Specifically, the game's hero avoids his enemies by sneezing and slipping away as the monsters happily eat the snot. There's minimal violence, but the squeals the pig makes when he's eaten by the monsters if caught could disturb very young children. Players can share high scores via the Game Center's social network, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players try to lure monsters into traps -- but they'll be chased and eaten if they get directly into the monster's line of sight. To distract enemies, they must hide in shadows and distract monsters with the only weapon in their arsenal: their snot, which is apparently the monsters' favorite snack. By touching the screen, you can move the pig to a chosen location, and, by pulling back on the hero, you can aim and determine the distance your sneeze goo will fly. Along the way, players try to collect all the StarFruit on each level. The game is filled with upgrades, which result in super-powered snot balls or grappling-hook boogies.
Is it any good?
On paper, a game about snot-eating monsters sounds a bit...out there. But once you play GESUNDHEIT!, you'll get the appeal. The game features the gross-out fun that kids will love but also features puzzles that require a good deal of thought, keeping adults engaged.
It's all done with a charming soundtrack and unique art style. The challenges are solidly done, and the controls are simple and easy to pick up in seconds. It's a game that takes a familiar puzzle type and owns it by blending in a few other distinct elements.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about thinking ahead. Just as in chess, the game requires players to think several moves ahead.
The game's sneezing mechanic uses a slingshot-like action. Show your kids how a slingshot works in the real world.
|Devices:||iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android|
|Price:||Free-$.99 (with in-app purchases)|
|Pricing structure:||Paid, Free (In-app purchases range from $1 to $2.)|
|Release date:||January 24, 2013|
|Minimum software requirements:||iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up|