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Roll in the Hole



Panda seeks ice cream in cute but forgettable puzzle app.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The play mechanics are very simple (simply touch the side of the screen you want the panda to roll toward), but the game does ramp up in difficulty fairly quickly. 

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Roll in the Hole is a puzzle-arcade game where your roly-poly Panda is on an eternal quest for ice cream pops. The game is free of any commercialism, sex, violence, or other potentially objectionable content, but the quick ramp-up to difficult levels could be too frustrating for some younger players (as well as some older ones). Users can share high scores via the Game Center or Crystal social networks, but participation is optional.

Is it any good?


While ROLL IN THE HOLE certainly has its entertaining qualities, you can't help but feel you're playing a paint-by-numbers arcade/puzzle app. Cutesy lead character? Check. Happy looping background music? It's in there. Physics-based controls that can be occasionally frustrating? Roger that. 

The game certainly isn't bad, but it's a slightly different take on countless other offerings in the app store. It shines, though, by not forcing players to complete particularly difficult levels, allowing them the option of skipping when they get too frustrated. The decision not to take advantage of the gyroscope for the controls was curious one, though. And the difficulty ramps up too quickly for most players, who will likely be growling at the game by the mid-teen levels. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:October 6, 2011
Category:Puzzle Games
Size:16.10 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1.3 or later, Android 1.6 and up

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Teen, 15 years old Written bypopcornperson December 19, 2011


PIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THE PEOPLE MADE THE BAER YELL EVERY TIME YOU LOSE IT CALLED ME A CAMMEL
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