By Liz Panarelli,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Create, share predictions in fun take on pen-and-paper game.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Many kids will be familiar with the paper version of this game. For those new to the game, the tutorial is very clear.
Violence & Scariness
The long version of the game includes "age of death" (ages 25-100) and "ways to die." These questions can be removed in the custom play option. The suggested methods of death are intentionally goofy but sometimes violent, such as, "after being mauled by a bear." Kids may also write in their own choices. Graphics for this question include cartoons of lightning striking a person, a person juggling chainsaws, sharks, and a car driving off a cliff.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Marriage is a primary focus of the game. Questions include when and whom you will marry, how your proposal will happen, where you will marry and honeymoon, and how many children you will have. The game's age range for marriage is 18-51 years.
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Products & Purchases
There is one ad for the MASH Halloween edition visible from the main menu on the iPhone/iPod touch (but not the iPad). The credits area includes links to the publisher's website. The medium and long versions of the game include many brand names as car choices, such as BMW M5 or Toyota Camry.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A wedding page includes glasses that would presumably be used for a toast, but there is no liquid visible.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that MASH is a well-done adaptation of the traditional paper game. The game combines player choice and random chance to create a story about the player’s future, including his/her spouse, college, occupation, salary, pet, age of death, etc. Kids can save stories with password-protection. Kids can also easily share stories with friends through email or Facebook. The game is intentionally silly, with mildly violent cartoony descriptions of how the player might die. The game inherently emphasizes marriage and consumerism; MASH stands for Mansion, Apartment, Shack or House.
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Is It Any Good?
MASH is a fun game that encourages imagination about the future. While intended for entertainment, it could also be a good starter for parents and kids to talk about college, potential occupations, and financial choices. Varying attention spans and interest are accommodated by four options for play: short (five questions), medium (10 questions), long (21 questions), and custom, where players can select which questions to include. Options to randomly generate answers and skip steps facilitates quick play. The potential answers generated by the game are varied and mostly tasteful, and the combination of write-in answers and random chance keeps the game personalized and engaging.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Release date: January 27, 2011
- Category: Kids' Games
- Publisher: Magnate Interactive
- Version: 1.9
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later
- Last updated: August 22, 2016
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