NewtonApples

 
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Clever mash-up of popular arcade game styles.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game starts off pretty easy and gradually gets much more challenging. There's a nice learning curve built in.

Violence & scariness

In a zombie minigame, you stop the undead by throwing apples at them. The apples knock off their body parts one by one, but there is no blood or gore -- the body parts simply fall away.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that NewtonApples is a fast-paced arcade game cleverly based around Isaac Newton's laws of physics. While Sir Isaac naps under an apple tree, you need to make sure his slumber isn't disturbed by an apple falling on his head. As the game progresses, the apple activity will get much more frantic -- and you'll need to perform different maneuvers to stop different colored apples (pop red ones, slice green ones) plus you also need to flick away falling leaves and hold down squirming worms. In addition, there are two minigames: one a worm-steering maze game, and the other (strangely enough) a zombie defense game. There's some violence in the zombie game, but it is unrealistic and not bloody or gory.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

NEWTONAPPLES has such a fun and clever concept -- protect a sleeping Sir Isaac Newton from falling apples. When you combine that with the app's whimsical artwork, which includes random elements like E.T. on a bike flying by in the background, and the app's smooth controls, you've got yourself a winner. With its variety of popping, slicing, and flicking, the game plays like a mash-up of other popular app arcade games. The game's bizarre sense of humor shows in comically strange touches, like evil apples that wear masks and the entire zombie mini-game (zombies? in an Isaac Newton game?), but it all goes to create an enjoyably wacky experience. That you can actually "win" real physics lessons is right in keeping with it all.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:March 16, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:edenpod
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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Kid, 10 years old March 20, 2014
 

Okay...

iPods are great for playing, but there can be violent games, inappropriate games, and most games have "In app purchases" which means that you may need to pay for stuff in one app. The app for stuff such as Internet Explorer and Firefox is this app called "Safari". The problem is that you can't do anything on it that uses stuff such as Adobe Flash, Unity, etc. You can listen to your favourite music, so it can also be great. They also have educational games, which is good for kids.
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Easy to play/use
Too much violence
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 2 and 6 year old Written byconsoleme April 6, 2011
 

6 and beyond...

Great fun way for my kids to learn or at least be aware of Newton's Laws of motion! Gravity and its ilk... I can take it from there ;-)
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