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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.
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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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