Paddle Battle

App review by
Chad Sapieha, Common Sense Media
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Pong-like space battler is good fun for parents and kids.

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Ease of Play

Players simply slide paddles back and forth in front of their bases to deflect incoming balls and missiles. Difficulty depends on the speed at which the balls move (this can be altered in the options menu) and the skill of your human opponent. 

Violence & Scariness

Tiny missiles explode in specks of red and blue upon striking the shields that protect players’ bases.   

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Paddle Battle is a two-player competitive game inspired by the likes of Pong and Brick Breaker. Players shift their paddles left and right to deflect balls and other objects approaching their space bases. Mild cartoony violence takes the form of missiles that impact bases as well as specks of light fired by flying saucers.

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Is it any good?

It’s not the deepest game around, but PADDLE BATTLE makes good use of the iPad’s multitouch capabilities to allow two people to play a game at the same time. Your objective is simple: Slide your paddle left and right to deflect incoming balls, missiles, and other objects before they reach your base and destroy your shield. Balls have to travel through an asteroid field, making them hard to aim precisely, but players have access to plenty of fun power-ups -- rockets, missiles, even spinning hot tamales -- that offer more direct control and keep things interesting. It’s a great way for siblings (or their parents) to share the family tablet while killing off a few minutes waiting in the car or in a doctor’s office.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $.99
  • Release date: March 3, 2011
  • Category: Family Games
  • Size: 13.60 MB
  • Publisher: Keeple
  • Version: 1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2.2

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