A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Game uses simple touch controls but the gameplay's quite confusing.
Violence & Scariness
While characters fall from great distances, they're never hurt.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
While the characters don't seem to be wearing clothes, you don't see anything that even hints at what gender they might be, until they speak.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that KIDS is an artsy game for iOS and Android devices. By using simple touch controls, players help some black and white line drawn kids run around open levels. While these kids seem to be nude, and fall down big holes, there's no nudity, blood, or gore -- it's all done with simplistic animation. There's also no inappopriate content to be found in the game.
Is It Any Good?
Less of a game than an art project, this curious app will confound some, engage others, and probably do both to the rest of the people that pick it up. In KIDS, you use your device's touch screen to tell a bunch of black and white line drawn kids what to do and where to go. You're just never sure what that is; instead, you have to figure it out. For instance, at one point, the kids start running around, and it isn't until you get them to run in the same direction that anything changes. In other parts, you have to get them to fall into a big black hole, while other levels have you telling them to avoid the hole. The kicker being that these are kids, not sheep, so they don't always do what you tell them. Well, at first, anyway.
It's all very weird and confounding, and that's both the problem and the great thing about this "game." For some, this will be too artsy, too esoteric, and too lacking in direction. For others, though, it will be delightful and quirky and, well, artsy and esoteric. The downside, no matter where you stand, is that this isn't terribly long, and there's not much reason to play it more than once or twice. But if you're think the word "pretentious" is a compliment, KIDS will keep you on the straight and narrow for an hour or so.
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