What parents need to know
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.
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.