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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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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.


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.


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.

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What 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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Teen, 14 years old Written byRyan Peter May 25, 2014

In the words of Martin Luther King:

"Those WERE some mighty fine tacos."
Teen, 13 years old Written byKennyMcCormick February 17, 2012


Great movie! Quite violent.

Is it any good?

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.

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