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Spirits for iPad
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Spirits for iPad is a charming platform puzzle game that's in the same vein as the classic Lemmings. Filled with 40 hand-drawn levels, users guide a parade of cute spirits to a spiraling swirl at the end of each puzzle. To do that, they will need to climb, dig, and use the strong-blowing wind to their advantage. Those spirits who do this sacrifice themselves for the others, but no violence is shown or implied. The game features a wonderful soundtrack that adds to the experience. Scores are uploaded to a global leaderboard, but the game does not request any sort of personal information -- so young kids can compare their progress to the rest of the world without risking their personal safety.
Is it any good?
There's something downright charming about Spirits for iPad that's hard to describe. Maybe it's the unique and gorgeous hand-painted levels. Maybe it's the cute, whimsical spirits floating in the air. Or, maybe, it's the soundtrack -- that sticks with you long after you play. Whatever it is, this is an app that takes the Lemmings formula (guide a series of creatures who follow in each other's footprints) and alters it just enough that it seems unique. The game won the Best Aesthetics award at IndieCade -- an international juried festival of independent video games -- and it's sure to win your heart too.