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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.