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Hit the Light

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple, somewhat fun arcade game for all.

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Ease of Play

Simple controls, easy to learn.

Violence & Scariness

While you'll toss objects at neon signs to make them shatter in a blaze of sparks, there's no violence, blood, or gore to be found.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Small static ad on bottom of screen at all times. When you run out of turns, you can watch a video ad to keep going. Ads for other games also pop up when you lose.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hit the Light is a simple arcade game for iOS and Android devices. It has no objectionable content, though it may prompt impressionable young gamers to throw things at neon signs. Commercially speaking, it displays small static ads on the bottom of the screen whenever you play, allows you to watch video ads if you want to keep playing but have run out of turns, and runs ads for other games if you lose a round. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

As with a lot of simple arcade games, HIT THE LIGHT doesn't have a story. You just have to destroy some neon signs by using your finger to aim metal balls, throwing stars, and bombs at them until the signs are completely destroyed ... or you run out of things to toss at them. Once a sign is smashed, you move on to the next sign and start your destruction all over again.

Is it any good?

While it's very simple and shallow and won't hold your attention long, the smashing action in this arcade game may keep you entertained for a little while. In Hit the Light, you have to completely destroy a bunch of neon signs. To do so, you use the touchscreen to launch three kinds of projectiles at them: a throwing star that slices through everything, a bomb that explodes, and three metal balls that simultaneously bounce off the sides and top like they were stolen from a pinball machine. Using the limited number of these items that you have at any given time, you have to destroy the signs completely, even though they're really pretty and must've taken forever to make. You also have to judge how best to aim each of these objects, and with how much power. While this is clever for a little while, it's never very hard. It's kind of the same thing over and over, so it becomes less interesting the more you play. That's why Hit the Light runs out of juice long before any neon sign ever could.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Do all the ads in this game annoy you? Do you think you might play this more if there were no ads?

  • Do you think it's OK to do things in a game that you shouldn't do for real? Why would throwing things at neon signs be a bad idea?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: January 24, 2019
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 200.60 MB
  • Publisher: Happymagenta UAB
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 6.0 and up

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