Mighty Fin

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Fun tap-to-jump game can be absorbing or repetitive.

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Ease of Play

The tutorial is clear and basic game play is easy to pick up, but hard to master. Levels are long and vary in difficulty, and the levels change their patterns and starting points for more variety, although there is some repetition. There are numerous goals for each level as well as an endless play mode, so levels can be replayed.

Violence & Scariness

When Fin runs into an obstacle, he bounces off, and the collision is described in mildly violent terms, such as "eaten by a voracious shark" or "gutted on some nasty spikes." A few of the costumes suggest violence, such as a Viking helmet to "conquer all."

Sexy Stuff

One of the levels is described as "more romantic than a dozen oysters."

Language
Consumerism

A link from the initial menu takes you to a page with links to more games from the developer.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Two of the names of the levels are related to alcoholic drinks: "sundown spritzer" and "champagne sunset."

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mighty Fin is a fast, engaging game with 8 levels and mild violence. Players tap and release the screen to make a fish dive or jump to avoid obstacles and collect points and costumes. The levels vary somewhat each time they're played, and each level has an endless mode. Learning to play is easy, but mastering the fast tap and release actions may be challenging for younger players. The costumes are caricatures from different cultures, such as a Viking hat, a sombrero, and dreadlocks. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

MIGHTY FIN is a fun game with a great graphical interface. You can almost hear Fin gurgling with glee as he leaps into the air. The levels include many different goals, giving you reasons to play several times and try endless mode. Each time you play, the game offers up different patterns and starting points for the levels, so the game has variety. Still, the action can get a little repetitive, and long levels may frustrate younger players. The costumes add a fun twist, although the caricatured nature of the outfits is a bit funky. Navigating the menus also requires some patience.

App details

For kids who love apps that test quick reflexes

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