Spirits for iPad

Common Sense Media says

Wonderfully whimsical Lemmings-type puzzle game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The controls are easy to learn, but take a long time to master. The tutorial consists of a series of seven screens that users must read.

Violence & scariness

Spirits who alter the paths of the others (whether by digging, climbing, or shifting the wind pattern) sacrifice themselves in doing so, but no violence is shown or implied.

Sexy stuff
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Consumerism

Buried in the credits page is a link to more games by the developer -- as well as a link to a page where you can buy the game's soundtrack.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Very private even though your score is uploaded to a global leaderboard, but no personal information is sent with it.

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.

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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$4.99
Release date:December 3, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Version:1.0.2
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2

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Parent of a 10 year old Written byAlan2 December 8, 2010
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What I love about that game is that you can also play it together!
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