Slice HD

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Puzzle about playing with knives induces bloody results.

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Ease of Play

The entire game is played by simply placing fingertips on the screen as you move blades around. It's very easy to learn. However, when you fail to complete a level, you get dropped back to the previous level. If you fail that one -- even though you've previously mastered it -- you'll get dropped to the previous level, and so on.

 

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The game depicts blood in a realistic fashion. As players try to move blades around a screen, one slip-up causes one to "cut" the finger, resulting in a dark red blood spurt on the iPad screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slice HD is a game about playing with knives, and thus isn't for kids. It is a blood-inducing arcade-like puzzle game that challenges players to move and hold sharp blades on a screen. The object is to reveal the small circle (or two) that needs to be pressed in order to progress to the next level. But when the player slips up, a loud slicing sound is heard and blood realistically sprays on the screen as if the player's fingertips were cut. It is very realistic-looking and for some, very disconcerting and/or creepy. This app features multi-touch capabilities making it a puzzle that can be solved with others helping.

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Is it any good?

SLICE HD houses a collection of puzzles that challenges users to carefully move a series of sharp blades around the screen. By figuring out how each blade moves – be it a knife, sword, scalpel, scissors, or guillotine -- you'll eventually expose a red button or two that must be pressed in order to advance to the next level. If you slip up by touching the edge of a blade, a realistic splatter of blood splashes on the screen. It looks so real you might just check your fingertip for cuts. Because there are often a number of blades to retract, swing, or hold in place per level, Slice HD can be a game for two or more people to play together -- as such, the game can best be described as a bloody cross between Twister and a board game like Operation. Along with the blood, the only other shortcoming is a lack of levels. It probably won't take too long to complete all 24 included with the game. As long as you don't get grossed out by the sight of blood and are old enough to understand that you should not play with knives in real life  -- meaning this isn't a game for kids  -- Slice HD can make for a dangerously intriguing game.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: February 22, 2011
  • Category: Puzzle Games
  • Publisher: SmallBall
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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