A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Auto-aiming makes battles a lot simpler than they would have been otherwise. The camera controls can be a bit awkward at times, but on the whole, the controls work pretty smoothly.
Violence & Scariness
You'll be blasting enemies (mostly robotic drones, but some armor-suited humans, too) with "repulsor rays" and missiles, as well as bashing them in hand-to-hand combat. When you, as Iron Man, get hit, you'll briefly see a splash of blood on the screen; It doesn't relate directly to your injury, though -- it's only appears to symbolize damage.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
As you wait for each new level to load, you'll see a go-go dancer shimmying in the corner of the screen.
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Products & Purchases
The game is a tie-in to the Iron Man 2 movie of this summer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Iron Man 2 for iPad is a story-based action game adapted from the movie that shares its name. There is a lot of laser fire and plenty of explosions to be seen. While most of the enemies are robotic in nature, some are metal-suited humans. The splash of blood used to signify that Iron Man has taken damage feels gratuitous, as does the presence of a go-go dancer during load screens (at least she only appears in silhouette). Parents should also be aware that this is an entirely different game from the Iron Man 2 app available for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Is It Any Good?
IRON MAN 2 FOR iPAD is no one-trick pony mobile app -- this is a fully-fleshed out action adventure complete with story-based cut scenes, upgradable armor and weapons, multiple (and varied) locations, big boss battles, and more. Everything you'd expect from a $30 console game is here for much, much less. It's even got some nice puzzle moments thrown in for good measure. The camera controls can get clunky at times -- which is frustrating -- but on the whole, this is an app that shows some of the massive potential for gaming on the iPad.
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