Common Sense Media says

Arcade game features cool, interactive, jazzy soundtrack.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

Controls involve simply touching the screen to create a circle, and holding down the finger to make the circle as large as possible. Quick thinking and reflexes are required as the difficulty ramps up.

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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address. Players should be cautious about who they accept as friends to their Game Center account.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pizarro is a jazz-themed arcade game that involves touching the screen to create circles to cover a certain percentage of the playfield while avoiding ricocheting obstacles. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is strictly optional.

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PIZARRO isn't the first game to feature such a play mechanic, but the way it infuses jazz music and stylish black and white graphics into the mix sets it apart as something special. As players complete levels of ever-increasing difficulty, a bass thumps out a 12-bar blues in the background, and every action results in piano and trumpet flourishes that give the impression that the player is improvising jazz music while playing the game. It's a simple concept that shines thanks to solid gameplay and a cool aesthetic.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:March 17, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Corrino Software
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later

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