A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Difficulty depends on how well you know your celebrities.
Products & Purchases
Things are definitely easier with in-app purchases, but app isn't pushy about them. Some pictures clearly have company logos branded on them in the background. Game features in-game ads.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This is a transparent attempt to push Hollywood branding on mobile users. Though it pretends to offer different activities, it's really all the same activity: learning the names of entertainment business entities. ("Entities" is the correct word here, since public figures long ago traded their personal statuses for "brand identity.")
Hot Hands! does its best to impersonate a game by employing a timer and voice, initials, or multiple-choice modes. The first lets you shout your answers into the iPad's built-in microphone, while the latter modes use tap/virtual keyboard input. Still, it's really just another version of nursery school flash cards, except in this case, it's Hollywood luminaries rather than animals or shapes appearing at three-second intervals. Sure, there's a range of categories (TV stars, couples, comedy stars, musicians), but that doesn't up the entertainment ante since you're doing the same thing in each one. The app's most promising aspect is its multiplayer mode (after all, nothing gets a person's heart racing like a little friendly competition), but it fails by not allowing you to take on other online Hot Hands! players unless they're already your friends. In the end, the only reason you'd enjoy this app is if you're a dedicated Ellen fan or have a serious case of celebrity addiction.
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