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Jaws

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Classic film-turned-app has some blood, but no teeth.

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Ease of play

The game is fairly basic but the controls feel a bit muddy. The shark has the advantage a good bit of the time, since flicking swimmers and guiding boats to navigate them onscreen is not precise.

Violence

Swimmers get eaten by a shark frequently, leaving a red blood stain in the water and others shrieking in terror. Later in the game, players can attack the shark on gun boats and, in the final level, by stabbing him.

Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The game is based on the classic film, but doesn't link out to any external marketing sites or try to upsell anything through iTunes.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jaws is an arcade game based on the classic 1975 film. You play the role of Chief Brody, trying to save the citizens of Amity Island from a hungry man-eating shark. That shark feasts on swimmers and there is a fair bit of blood in the game, but nothing that's overly graphic. Animal lovers might get upset about the way you dispatch the shark at the end of the game, but it won't be a surprise to anyone who has seen the film.

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QUALITY

As a film, JAWS was a masterpiece of its time. As an app, it's a bit toothless and, frankly, boring. Playing Roy Scheider's character of Chief Brody is not particularly exciting -- and it's hard to work up any sympathy for the dozens of swimmers who stay in the water after the shark attacks. Less than perfect onscreen controls make the game even more exasperating. 

The fun of Jaws is Bruce the shark. And you never get to play as him. While there is plenty of diversity in the levels, none are particularly engaging. The developers did do one thing perfectly, though: They made certain that the classic Jaws music plays heavily into the game -- acting as an audible clue for players.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$0.99
Release date:August 18, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Bytemark Games, Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.0 or later, Android 2.1

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Kid, 10 years old March 11, 2011

Great app just a little violent

I love it me being jaws biggest fan loved it and it is fun taking on the role of chief brody.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 13 years old Written byKennyMcCormick February 17, 2012

JAWS

Great movie! Quite violent.
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Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old January 21, 2011

Awesome

Awesome Game
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Too much violence

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