Rage HD

 
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Violent mayhem shooting mutants is too much for kids.

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Ease of play

Navigating the game is easy, since it's an "on rails" shooter -- meaning it takes care of walking for you. You simply need to aim your weapon. The game also offers four levels of difficulty for a variety of player skillsets. 

Violence

The point of the game is to shoot mutants -- and dodge their attacks on you. When they're shot, there are bursts of blood -- and when you're hit, the screen darkens with blood. There are a variety of weapons to use, ranging from thrown bricks and knives to a shotgun and pistol.

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Consumerism

The main menu has a link to other games by the developer, but it does warn you before you leave the site -- and gives you the chance to change your mind. The game itself is an appetizer for the release of Rage on game consoles and can be looked at as a marketing tool.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Rage HD is a violent shooter from id Software, the company behind Doom and Quake. Subtitled "Mutant Bash TV," the game puts players in a sadistic post-apocalyptic game show, working their way through a maze and shooting the flood of mutant creatures that are trying to kill them. Players use standard firearms, while mutants throw rocks and bricks or attack in close quarters with knives or claws. Blood is shown copiously, and it's certainly not a game for younger players. There is a separate but similar version of the game for iphones/ipods called Rage.

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Rage HD is definitely not an app for children, but it is, hands down, the best looking app on the iPad (and iPhone -- as a separate version of the same game is also available for other Apple iDevices). Id's graphics engine was built for the current generation of consoles, and the fact it transitions so smoothly to Apple's products is a technological achievement. The game itself is a standard "on rails" shooter -- where the player only has to worry about aiming, not walking. That prevents you from exploring, which is a bit frustrating, but you're so busy trying to stay alive that the point quickly becomes moot. While extraordinarily violent, the game also shows a sense of humor, with the Mutant Bash TV host interjecting comments from time to time. It's not something you want your children to play, but adults who enjoy action games will likely have fun.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:November 18, 2010
Category:Action Games
Publisher:Id Software
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.1

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Kid, 9 years old December 9, 2011
 

The truth

This is a great game but it is filled with blood and gore. No swearing or sexual content. Great game but extremely gory.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 11 years old March 21, 2011
 
This game is extremely fun if you can deal with a little blood and getting paid for killing zombies, you will be fine. This was actually something to persuade people into buying the real game for Xbox 360 and ps3. It's coming out on 9/13/11. CANT WAIT!!!!
Teen, 13 years old Written byNiluda March 5, 2011
 

Bloody Fun

This is an amazing game, but it IS a bit bloody. But the good side is that it is VERY easy to play, because you don't move, it moves you. Also, all you have to do is aim your gun and shoot.
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