Promini HD

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Tetris + Lumines = geometric fun for puzzle fans.

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

Ease of Play

While the instructions are very straightforward, it's too easy to cause the cube to drop when you're simply trying to rotate it, which can mess up your game in a hurry. 

Violence & Scariness

Bombs, exploding barrels, and lightning bolts can be used to eliminate boxes and give the player an advantage. 

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Consumerism

While Promini HD can be enjoyed on its own, the game actively pushes the Open Feint multiplayer community, which promotes several other games. The OpenFeint logo is featured prominently on the main menu screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Promini HD is a puzzle game that can quickly devour a player's time. It's a falling block-style puzzle, much like Lumines, but with some of the geometric aspects of Tetris thrown in. Blocks fall from the top of the screen and the player must arrange similar colors in 2x2 blocks (or more) to erase them from the board. The bigger the number of cubes you eliminate simultaneously, the bigger the score -- which lets you buy upgrades to help you clear the board. The game is fun, but control quirkiness might make it frustrating for some players. It's too easy to send the block down by tapping the screen when you're only trying to move it with a swipe of your finger. This game supports Open Feint, a social networking option, so parents of young children might want to make sure that this app doesn't connect to Open Feint as it can lead to chatting with strangers.

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Is it any good?

The concept behind Promini isn't a complicated one, but it's one that has worked well in other games. The game tries hard to capture the special qualities of Lumines, but never quite gets there. That's due, in part, to the soundtrack, which doesn't seem an integrated part of the game, and the control issues. It's still tremendously entertaining, though, and the game play is very addicting. There's also real incentive for players to string together complex groupings of cubes, since that earns you more money to buy power-ups -- and those can be a tremendous help when things get tight. 

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: August 2, 2010
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: T-bone
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later

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