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Skycat and the Starchildren

By Erin Bell, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Whimsical arcade game moves beyond one-button jumping.

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SKYCAT AND THE STARCHILDREN is a little more sophisticated than some of the other running-and-jumping games for the iPhone because it requires you to do more than just tap at the right time to jump over gaps and obstacles. You can change the size of the cat's jump by holding down the jump button longer, and also drag your other finger on the screen to execute dashes and double-jumps in mid-air, which can be angled in one of three directions. As a result, Skycat is less elegant to control than the one-button Canabalt but offers various strategies to try in order to get the highest ranking on each level. The fantastical theme and cute story about a cat trying to find his lost friend add some charm as well.

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