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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure is a platformer game starring a little girl in search of treasure. There is some cartoon violence about the level of Super Mario Brothers. The app doesn't use any online social media or leaderboards, reducing privacy or safety risks with the game. Pixeline and the Jungle Treasure HD is also available for the iPad.
Is it any good?
PIXELINE AND THE JUNGLE TREASURE has some similarities to Super Mario Brothers when you first begin, but as you progress the game reveals its own personality. Pixeline is a little girl in search of treasure: Scattered throughout the 23 levels are silver coins, gold coins, and treasure chests. Collecting silver coins earns you extra lives, but the goal of the game is to find all the gold coins and chests in each level. The chests may only be unlocked after finding the key hidden on each level. As you finish each of the first three worlds, you gain the ability of a jungle animal: a lizard, a flamingo, and a bear. This allows Pixeline to transform into the animals to get into small spaces, jump higher, or run through enemies.
The game is well-designed and the levels can be quite challenging, particularly trying to find all the treasure. The graphics are nicely done, and it's refreshing to see a game that stars a clever little girl. Aside from the cartoon violence, there's nothing inappropriate for children, though the difficulty of later levels makes the game best for slightly older kids.
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