Glass Tower 2

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Great free but short puzzle game dangles more paid content.

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You just tap certain blocks to break them. Then you're also able to tip your mobile device in order to balance the remaining blocks. It's very simple.

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The pricing on Glass Tower 2 is very tricky. While the app is "free," you only get 10 levels to play. If you want any more, you have to pay for an added "level pack" that costs 99¢. If you want to create your own block puzzles, you'll need to spend yet another 99¢ on the "level editor." You make these purchases via your iTunes account, but through a special screen within the app itself. You won't see anything on iTunes informing you you'll need to spend money.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glass Tower 2 is free -- but that only gets you 10 levels. To get more than ten levels, you need to pay 99¢, and then another 99¢ if you want the "level editor" that you can use to create your own puzzles. Most of the time, if an app does not contain a full game, it will be labeled as "lite" to let you know that what you're downloading is essentially just a demo. But the developers here didn't do that, which seems a bit tricky. Glass Tower 2 is a great game, but it's really a $1.99 app, not a free app.

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Is it any good?

If you overlook the sneaky pricing on GLASS TOWER 2, it's a really great puzzle app. You are presented with stacks of differently-shaped glass blocks, and you must eliminate all the blue blocks (by tapping and shattering them) without letting any of the red blocks fall and break. It's an incredibly simple concept, but it's simplicity makes it addictive (which makes you all the more eager to buy the additional levels). What's really neat is your ability to stabilize shaky towers by literally tilting your mobile device and rebalancing teetering blocks. There are also a couple of helpful power-ups, like a freeze spell that pauses falling blocks in mid-air.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 10, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: iDevUA
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 2.2 or later

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