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Inspector Gadget's MAD Dash

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Fun nostalgia spoiled by charges for extras.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game has fairly simple controls and is easy to pick up -- Inspector Gadget automatically moves forward, and the player taps the screen to make him jump, swing from hooks, and float with his umbrella hat.

Violence

The game features Inspector Gadget as he roller-skates across rooftops. If he misses a jump he sometimes will crash into the side of a building and slide off, or he may be hit by trains, exploded by bombs, or shocked by power lines. All of it is cartoon violence typical of the TV show.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

There isn't any harsh language in the game itself, but the TV episodes you can unlock might have some name-calling and use of mild exclamations like "shucks."

Consumerism

There are various extras to unlock in the game: full episodes of the TV show, a comic book, sound effects, a ring tone, and more. While they can be unlocked using the coins collected in-game, the costs rise exponentially the more you unlock. The game allows the player to purchase coins from the store rather than earning them in-game, and the prohibitive prices strongly encourage this practice.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

There aren't references in the game itself, but some characters in the TV episodes you can unlock can be seen smoking cigars occasionally.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Inspector Gadget's MAD Dash is a simple action game that brings the cartoon character to the iPhone, and in a similar HD version, the iPad. There is some cartoon violence in the game, but more in the TV episodes players can unlock. The biggest concern is that the price to unlock the extras becomes so high that it is easier to pay money to unlock them rather than earning the coins in-game. There are some privacy concerns as well; the app can use Game Center, email, Facebook, and Twitter to share scores.

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INSPECTOR GADGET'S MAD DASH is a run-as-far-as-you-can game like Canabalt, except it features Inspector Gadget with roller skates, rocket shoes, stretching arms, and his umbrella hat. As he races along the rooftops, he collects coins and avoids falling or being hit by trains and the bombs Dr. Claw throws at him. For fans of the original TV series, it can be a fun experience because the game uses the familiar voices and sound effects. There are also extras that can be unlocked using the collected coins: sound effects, a comic book, ringtone, and even full episodes of the TV show. However, the worst part is the exorbitant pricing: the TV episodes double in price for each one unlocked, so the fourth episode costs 2,000 coins. With a decent score yielding only 200-300 coins, it would take a long time to earn enough to unlock everything. The app allows you to spend actual money to buy packages of coins or to unlock extras directly, and there are some extras that can only be unlocked by spending money in-app. While the game provides some fun, the price gouging leaves a sour taste.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:January 4, 2011
Category:Action Games
Publisher:XMG Studio Inc.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 11 years old March 18, 2012

A great, simple control game!

The game has simple controls and has an acceptable cartoon violence for kids ages 8 and up.
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