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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Although there are no real directions, the game is fairly self-explanatory. Controls are simple, but some of the complex images are challenging on a small screen.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the puzzles features linked Mars and Venus symbols.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The neon signs include a glass of wine and a martini.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Neon Mania is a tracing app that creates bright pictures that look like neon signs. The game has two modes. The first mode is a casual play mode where you are scored based on the speed and accuracy of your tracing. Your score is rated with one to three stars, and you can replay each level to earn any missing stars. The second mode is called "Rush" and has you tracing designs as quickly as possible while a timer counts down. You can earn more time by quickly completing the drawing, but as the designs get more complex and the time pressure grows, you're likely to make more errors. The neon designs range from having just a few lines to having a dozen or more. Younger children will be able to tackle the simple designs, but will most likely lack the hand-eye coordination for the more complex pictures.
Is It Any Good?
NEON MANIA is one of those games that make no sense until you play. Once you play this one, you may find that there is something appealing about the way the images light up under your finger. The only problem is that the scoring is a bit nebulous. It's based on speed and accuracy, but it's not always clear how accurate you have been, especially when you don't make any obvious mistakes. The game has a built-in soundtrack, but players can choose to use their own music in the options menu. The game has almost 2,000 levels, with room for at least one more category of images (categories currently include Kids, Food, Signs, Landmarks, Sport, Party, Easter, Street, and Music). Although this doesn't have a particularly deep level of gameplay, it's entertaining enough to be a reasonable value.
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