Kosmo Spin

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Fast-paced arcade game has adorable graphics.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The player spins the planet around using the touchscreen, and Nod runs to stay at the top of the planet, collecting the "breakfast thingys" and heading the balls the UFO throws down at the planet. The controls, while simple, can be confusing. The difficulty of the various quests is inconsistent, with some being easy and some being very difficult, in no particular order.

Violence & scariness

The UFO shoots various balls at the planet, and if Nod doesn't block a ball with his head, the ball hits the planet and causes an earthquake that stuns Nod for a short time.

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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname. Requesting or accepting a friend via email will reveal the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and the sender’s email address. Players can also post scores to Facebook.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kosmo Spin is a fast-paced arcade game with innovative controls. The controls are simple but may be tricky for kids to understand at first.

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In KOSMO SPIN, a UFO has appeared to steal all the "breakfast thingys" that populate the planet. Nod, a brave alien, is trying to rescue the breakfast thingys and protect the planet by heading the balls the UFO tosses down. The graphics are superb, with a sort of hand-crafted look to them, and everything is quite adorable, from Nod to the breakfast thingys to the alien in the UFO. Aside from the basic game, which is just getting the highest score possible without getting sucked up by the UFO's beam, there are also a number of quests such as "head 5 balls in 30 seconds" or "survive for 5 seconds," which is made more difficult by poisoned balls or adjusted speed or sizes.

Kosmo Spin is a delight to play because of the innovative control scheme and the whimsical graphics. The quests don't seem to be arranged in any particular order of difficulty, though -- some are quite simple to complete and others (like "score 1,000 points") are much more difficult.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:January 4, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Simogo
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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