What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Naught is a stylistic platform game that uses the iDevice's gyroscope in an unusual manner. The game is set entirely in black and white, with players guiding a shadow kitty by rotating their device or using on-screen controls. The game is filled with fatal obstacles, including plenty of spikes. There's no gore, though, and dying only resets the game to the beginning of the level. Though the app is free, it encourages in-app purchases by offering just six levels, with another 24 for 99 cents.
Is it any good?
NAUGHT is a game that is utterly dependent on its controls, and that sometimes proves to be its Achilles' heel. It's certainly a beautiful, minimalist title to look at, but controlling a game simply by tilting your iDevice (or using onscreen controls to do the same thing) is a risky proposition. It inevitably results in your character dying again and again as you get used to the unusual controls, which takes a while (and some players may not get). That said, the game uses the accelerometer better than perhaps any other app, and the challenges give it a longer life than you'd expect. The six free levels aren't something you'll finish in 20 minutes and (assuming you enjoy them) makes you less wary about paying the one dollar in-app fee for additional ones.