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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Smash Cops is a racing game where players pursue criminals, then force them off the road by repeatedly ramming their vehicles. While there's certainly a sense of violence to the game (and plenty of explosions), it's not a grisly title and doesn't revel in suffering (though players can hit innocent civilians as they pursue criminals). There are no language or sexuality concerns -- and the game is mercifully free of commercial influences. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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Is it any good?
SMASH COPS is a game that has a single focus, but it does the job so well that you might brush past some of its flaws. Pursuing fleeing criminals is always fun -- and there's a visceral thrill that comes with forcing them off the road. The app also eliminates any camera issues by letting players view the action from the point of view of a news helicopter -- a nice way to add an element of drama to the game.
The "push" control schematic is a unique one that takes a little getting used to, but works in the end. And the graphics are fantastic. The downside is the missions eventually take on a sameness that will either leave you wanting more or wondering what the fuss was about. The answer, in large part, will depend on how quickly you've completed them.