OctoPie - a Game Shakers App

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Slingshot pizzas and earn tips in wacky TV tie-in.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

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Tutorial could be more detailed, mechanics are awkward, and it takes a lot of play to unlock other buildings.

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On the main page, icon links to more Game Shakers apps that can be accessed by solving a simple math problem. Kids can see a promo at the bottom of the screen between rounds for other Nick games and a note reminding them to "tune in" to their favorite Nick shows.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that OctoPie - a Game Shakers App is a slingshot-style arcade game that puts kids in the role of pizza-delivery octopus. Players avoid flying obstacles and deliver pizza fast and accurately via slingshot into customers' apartment windows. If they're too slow, customers get mad and begin to close their windows, and three angry customers means the round is over. The app is a tie-in to the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers (as are the apps Sky Whale and Nasty Goats). Read the app's privacy policy to find out what information is collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Tap on the Play icon of OCTOPIE - A GAME SHAKERS APP's main screen and get ready to deliver pizzas. Hold and drag the octopus in the slingshot, follow the tracking line, and then release to fling the pizzas toward the windows with customers waiting. If you don't hit the windows, the pizzas splat against the wall. Avoid the flying obstacles and keep flinging pizzas, especially at the windows that are encircled with a flashing light, which means the customer is getting angry and will soon close the window. Trade in tips to buy things in the treasure box to customize and power up your octopus and delivery truck.

Is it any good?

This is a fun, fast-paced slingshot game, though it's mechanics might be frustrating for some. While the octopus is barely visible, the customers in the windows and the flying obstacles are interesting-looking characters with silly animations, so that adds some personality to the game. Like the other tie-in apps, this one uses some creative touchscreen mechanics, and in this case, the slingshot mechanism is a little tricky and awkward. Also similar to the others, there's not a whole lot of challenge or thinking, but for some mindless, harmless fun, it hits the target.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how the app ties into the show, especially if your kid watches the Nickelodeon show Game Shakers. It's a good opportunity to clue your kid into cross-promotion in advertising. 

  • Families can talk about how to keep your cool under time pressure. This game is fun practice in prioritizing which customers need a pizza first (the ones with the flashing lights around the window) and who can wait until the next toss.

App details

For kids who love arcade and strategy apps

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