HoPiKo

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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If up for the fast pace, tough arcade game is frenzied fun.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

The game uses simple swipe controls but is still really challenging.

Violence

Though small, pixelated characters slam into each other, there's no blood or gore.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HoPiKo is a simple but tough arcade game. Using one finger to swipe, you have to send the characters flying into computer viruses to destroy them. But because the game employs a pixel art style, there's no blood or gore. Still, though the game's content may be safe for smaller gamers, it's probably best left to older ones, as it's unforgiving, doesn't give players a lot of time to act, and makes you start over from the beginning of a level if you don't make it through all five stages in a row, which will frustrate younger -- and, perhaps, older -- players.

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What's it about?

In HOPIKO, some unlucky kids' video game system gets a virus and stops working. Good thing the creatures inside their console are able to fight the virus by slamming into them. Using simple touchscreen controls, you have to help the virus fighters to cleanse the kids' game system so the kids can play their favorite games. Each level features the HoPiKo hero, the pieces of enemy virus, and the trapped creatures: Jump from platform to platform to avoid the enemy, and then swipe toward your imprisoned friends to free them. Each level has five stages, and if you fail one stage, you start the level again.

Is it any good?

Though it employs simple touchscreen controls, this arcade game is deceptively tricky and will be fun for those who love a fast pace and old-school style. The real challenge in this adorably blocky game comes from having only a few seconds to act, which means you don't have a lot of time to decide when and where to jump so you don't hit any obstacles. This, in combination with having to start levels over, might cause some players to quit. However, those who can take the pressure will get a good pointer finger and reflex workout.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about computer viruses. What are they, and how can we prevent them from infecting our computers, game systems, and tablets?

  • Talk about fast-moving activities. What are some strategies for staying calm and making quick decisions?

  • Discuss how you feel after playing a game or watching a video that's full of action and flashing on the screen. Do you notice a difference in how your body feels?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: 3.99
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: October 9, 2015
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 70.30 MB
  • Publisher: Laser Dog
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up

For kids who love arcade and action games

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