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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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.
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.