What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know Smash Hit is a somewhat surreal physics-based action game in which the main object is to break glass panes and objects with metal balls. The game resembles a technical demo but is quite fun to play. Kids might ask their parents to buy the premium version so they don't have to start the game over from the beginning each time. Other than throwing balls at virtual glass, there's no violence, and there's no hard sell or interaction with strangers.
What's it about?
Users break glass objects in their paths, throwing metal balls at them by touching the screen. Although you start with a limited number of balls in your arsenal, you can collect more by smashing pyramids and diamonds that are frequently found along the game's ever-moving path. Also along the way are occasional power-ups, such as a rapid-fire unlimited-balls icon and the ability to temporarily slow time. When the player runs out of balls, the game is over -- and must be restarted from the very beginning (unless you buy the premium version, which restarts you from the last checkpoint).
Is it any good?
SMASH HIT is more than a fun game -- but make no mistake: It's a very fun game. It's also a therapeutic experience and utterly hypnotizing. The app takes a very basic concept, breaking glass obstacles to proceed on a path, blends that with soothing music and beautiful graphics, and creates a terrific mobile experience, one that's nearly impossible to put down.
By taking a minimalist approach, the game maker hits a perfect note, letting the player focus on the task at hand while still marveling at the lifelike qualities of the gameplay elements. And, whether you're smashing panes of glass, stone hammers with glass handles, or spinning blades of glass, you'll get a sense of satisfaction every time you've made it through an obstacle -- and you won't hesitate to start over when you've finally reached the end.
Families can talk about...
Families can discuss the nature of physics in games.
Families also can discuss the real-world dangers of broken glass -- and why kids shouldn't try this at home.