ReDrawn: The Tower
Spooky, impressive imagery outweighs minor design flaws.
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ReDrawn: The Tower
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that ReDrawn: The Tower is a mystery game for iOS devices. It centers on a missing child who appears to be in a situation other characters are worried about. While there isn't a lot of gore or graphic elements, a few minor aspects of the plot touch on creepy themes, such as shrunken heads kids collect for a witch doctor. The magic and fantasy that's woven into the story, though, helps keep things from feeling too realistic or dark. The navigation isn't always completely smooth -- occasional game control issues can make returning to the previous screen challenging, and some navigation elements may not be clear or immediately responsive. Those issues generally, though, don't cause overwhelmingly long delays. Kids can try out a limited version of the game for free; for the full experience, they'll need to pay $5.99.
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What’s It About?
Kids solve puzzles and try to complete objectives like opening an enchanted door while searching for Iris, a missing girl, in REDRAWN: THE TOWER. They examine and collect objects to use later by tapping on them -- such as a fishing pole, which comes in handy to remove a shoe that's in a stream. Visual cues indicate what items you can interact with in scenes. A Hint button provides additional direction on what to do. Kids can pick up puzzle pieces for a bonus challenge. The game has four difficulty levels -- and some puzzles offer a choice, too.
Is It Any Good?
Despite some navigation and readability issues that may cause confusion at times, stunning visuals make looking for clues related to the unfolding story an interesting journey. ReDrawn: The Tower is a remastered version of a previous game, although that's not really mentioned outside of the App Store description. Kids piece what happened together through items like notes they find from Iris, the missing girl, which they can click on to examine. Some can be saved to your Inventory for later use. Certain puzzles -- and some puzzle elements -- involve multiple steps, adding to the challenge.
Some aspects aren't entirely clear from the tutorial -- kids are told items that morph can be collected, for instance, but the process involved in morphing and the reason it occurs aren't really explained. Although the portion of each scene is often very clear, if players aren't sure, they can tap on the Hint button in the left-hand corner of the screen, and the area will illuminate -- a helpful aspect that's almost always an option, except for the few seconds after you've used it when its cooling-off period is winding down. A number items that contain written content, such as a banner-like note, are frustratingly hard to read, due to the small font and color choices used. You also can't zoom in on all parts of scenes to get a closer look, making it hard to know where the objects you're supposed to find and click on may be. Aside from those issues, though, many of the game graphics are excellent. The puzzles aren't always very complex, but some offer a difficulty level choice. Kids can opt for a Casual or Hard version, for example, of a puzzle that involves moving several different circles together to form an image of a phoenix. Some kids -- or parents -- might be hesitant to shell out $5.99 for the full game. The amount of activities in the free version of ReDrawn: The Tower should be able to keep kids occupied for quite some time as they try to piece together the plot.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about using hints in ReDrawn: The Tower. Kids can tap on a button to ask for direction in the game, but how can they figure out what to do next in real life if they aren't sure?
What do you think about some of the puzzles in ReDrawn: The Tower? Did your child notice any patterns, in regard to how two or more could be solved?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Pricing structure: Free to try, Paid (The full version of the game is $5.99.)
- Release date: February 22, 2023
- Category: Simulation Games
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy
- Publisher: F.F.S. Video Games Ltd.
- Version: 1.0.3
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 10.0 or later.
- Last updated: March 7, 2023
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