He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe

Common Sense Media says

Awkward controls hamper nostalgia-powered platform game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Most of the basic controls work well enough, but the critical jump function is awkward and unresponsive, which causes the player to sustain more onscreen damage than he or she should have to. 

Violence

He-Man smashes his way through wave after wave of enemies, using his sword and relying on allies, who sometimes use guns. Spikes can also lower onto He-Man, but simply cause him to lose a heart health-meter, rather than squish him. All of the violence is very cartoonish -- and no suffering is shown, nor is there any blood. 

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Language
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Consumerism

Via in-app purchase, players can buy additional crystals (the in-game currency) to buy upgrades. This option is not thrust up on the player, though. The game ties in with an older TV show that still has some toys on the market, which may cause kids to ask for them when they see them at stores. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. Players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is an arcade brawler game featuring the characters from the 1980s cartoon. While incredibly (and intentionally) campy, the game is loaded with cartoon violence and does have in-app purchases. Players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Players control the game through a series of thumb strokes on their touchscreen. Swiping to the left or right with your left thumb moves He-Man through his adventure, while tapping the right side of the screen swings his sword (other attack motions are unlocked throughout the game, such as double tapping to swing overhead). Swiping your right thumb upward is used to send He-Man airborne -- a move that is essential in the game, but doesn't work so well in practice.

Is it any good?

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The nostalgia that goes with He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe is undeniable -- and the sense of humor Chillingo has about the game is very welcome (they know exactly how cheesy the franchise is). And as an arcade side-scrolling brawler, it's actually a pretty fun game. 

Where it stumbles, though, is the controls, which are often non-responsive and non-intuitive. Jumping is an essential skill, but the action required for the move is not a natural one -- and it only seems to work some of the time. It's a cheap app, so you won't feel as if you've wasted money, but it's not something that will hold your attention for a long time. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:October 25, 2012
Category:Action Games
Topics:Superheroes
Size:110.00 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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