Imaginary Range HD

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Innovative comic-game combo, but the story is confusing.

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

Ease of Play

The app is easy to use, with tutorials showing how each portion of the app works. Controls are intuitive for the comics portion, and each game has its own controls that are explained in tutorials.

Violence

The comic has a great deal of manga-style violence, mostly between a human character and a large mechanical monster. Some of the game portions of the app also have stylized violence in the form of missiles shot at the big monster.

Sex

In the manga-style comic, Ciela, the main female character, wears clothing that is very revealing, showing cleavage, a lot of thigh, and sometimes part of her backside. There are no references to sex or innuendos; it is simply very skimpy clothing. A male character appears without his shirt.

Language

There are a few instances of "hell," "dammit," "damn," and "Oh my God" but nothing stronger than that.

Consumerism

Icons on the main screen will take players to other apps by the developer. One of the icons takes the player directly to the iTunes App Store without alerting them first.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Imaginary Range HD is an interactive comic app that combines a manga comic with hidden objects and three mini-games. There is cartoon violence, mostly between human characters and a large mechanical beast. Some characters wear very revealing clothing but there is no sexual content otherwise. There are a few instances of potentially offensive language such as "hell" and "damn." The app contains links to other apps in the App Store by the developer. There is also a regular version for iPhone and iPod touch, also free.

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Is it any good?

IMAGINARY RANGE HD makes use of the iPad in an interesting way, combining a manga comic with interactive portions that allow you to search for hidden icons and look for objects to complete the story. Although it feels like you may be able to change the story with different objects, the story itself is locked in place until you find the correct object to use. The story is somewhat confusing, with over-the-top battle scenes and giant weapons created by imagination. At certain key points in the comic, there are mini-games that must be beaten in order to continue with the story. Once you've read the story and beaten the games, you can play extended versions of three mini-games, as well as spend coins earned (in the mini-games and by finding hidden icons) for "scratch tickets," which will reveal behind-the-scenes sketches.

The games are fun but not spectacular. The app itself shows promise in the future of interactive comics, but your overall reaction will be determined largely by your preference for (or against) manga-style comics.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: Free
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 5, 2011
  • Category: Adventure Games
  • Publisher: Square Enix
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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