Sonic Speed Ball

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Play "air pong" by swinging your iPhone as a racquet.

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Ease of Play

Players must listen carefully to sound cues to know when the ball is approaching. (The sound becomes higher-pitched and more intense when the ball is close.) Timing can be tricky, but the easiest difficulty level is fairly low-key for players with less coordination.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sonic Speed Ball is an "air ping pong" game where two players use their iDevices as rackets to bat a virtual ball back and forth using sound cues to time their swings. The first player to reach 7 points wins. Parents need to consider a child's ability to hold onto an iDevice as he or she swings, before downloading this app. Sonic Speed Ball can technically be played on the iPad but swinging such a large device is awkward and maybe a bit hazardous.

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Is it any good?

SONIC SPEED BALL's concept is simple, but it's unique play pattern of using sound instead of sight makes it a lot of fun. The game recognizes a few different swings (including forehand, lob, and smash), and offers three levels of difficulty. There's a 1-player mode against the computer, but it's much more enjoyable when two real people square off - they don't even have to be in the same room.

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