A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Skycat and the Starchildren is a side-scrolling arcade game featuring a cat who is given a magical scarf that grants him super powers so that he can travel through the sky and find his friend, Fatcat, who accidentally took off in a rocket ship. Players help the cat survive to the end of each stage by tapping the screen to jump over gaps. Skycat visits a variety of fantastical and futuristic worlds, none of them violent.
Is it any good?
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.