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Parents need to know that POCKET GOD is the high-tech equivalent of frying ants with a magnifying glass. The object of the game is to torture cute pygmies living on a tropical island inside your phone. As they suffer tsunamis, shark attacks, and other natural disasters initiated by your finger flicks, the cartoon characters tremble and cry. Alternatively, you can make them dance happily. However, empathy is not the goal. This isn't a good choice for very young or impressionable kids.
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Pocket God makes brilliantly evil use of the accelerometer to rain misery on an innocent tribe of cartoon islanders. Shake the phone to start an earthquake and knock the pygmies off their feet. Flick a dark cloud to make lightning strike. Game updates, called episodes, bring creative new ways to play God so you never get bored with old torture methods. When you've wiped out one batch of pygmies, tap a button to drop down new victims to do with as you please. This game is extremely clever and frequently disturbing, giving a whole new meaning to guilty pleasure. Not recommended for tweens or sensitive kids.
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