Pudding Panic

Common Sense Media says

Cute but challenging puzzler with scary haunted house theme.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game gives a good tutorial to bring players up to speed, but has some difficult puzzles and complicated layouts that might stump players before they get too far into the game. 

Violence

While there's no real violence in the traditional sense, there are several scary moments in the game, such as being surprised by a witch, who cackles and screams. Jitters, the pudding antihero of the game, also scares enemies off the track; they fall into the dark. 

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and 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.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pudding Panic is a puzzle/arcade game that tasks players to help a nervous pudding (yep, you read that right) escape a haunted house amusement park ride. The game's enemies include roaming witches, stalking skeletons, and wandering skulls, each doing their best to scare the little dessert -- and sometimes the player. The pudding can defend itself with a series of "weapons" including a noisemaker and toy rats, which cause the enemy to fall, but there's no real violence to the act. The game is cute, but is likely too intense for young players. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. An iPad-only HD version of the app is optimized for larger screens. 

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While it might be a little too intense for younger players, Pudding Panic is a downright cute game with some wonderful puzzles. The protagonist pudding -- named J. Jitters -- is empathetic, and the witches and skeletons, while not scary on sight, can cause you to jump when they surprise you. If Jitters is scared too many times, he'll fall from his car and the game ends. You're able to fight back with everything from noisemakers to a jack-in-the-box to even things out, adding another layer of fun absurdity to the game. While the game does get pretty difficult, the pacing is good and players are gently eased into the new levels. The graphics are wonderful as is the music -- throw in a hefty collection of levels and it's a wonderful deal, regardless of which version you choose. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:June 13, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Size:115.00 MB
Publisher:kunst-stoff GmbH
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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