Gesundheit!

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Clever puzzler with fun gross-out moments.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to think logically and evaluate options to defeat enemies -- and they'll need to focus even harder to get all three StarFruit on each level. The app focuses on problem solving early on and adds power-ups in later levels as the challenges become more difficult. Kids will laugh a lot and can exercise their problem-solving skills in the process.

Ease of Play

The puzzles aren't easy, though getting the basic mechanics of the game down takes almost no time at all. 

Violence

The hero pig is often eaten by monsters -- screaming and squealing as he's devoured -- but it's done in cartoonish fashion. Monsters must be lured into bear-trap-like devices, though they disappear when the traps are sprung. 

Sex
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Consumerism

In-app purchases for keys and bonus levels range from $1 to $2.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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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. 

Talk to your kids 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.

App details

  • 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
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Size: 395.00 MB
  • Publisher: Revolutionary Concepts
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

For kids who love puzzles

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