Splode

 
Arcade strategy game that's as lovely as it is fun.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The rules and controls couldn't be any easier. The challenge level does steadily increase, though, as you move to higher and higher levels.

Violence & scariness

The "splodes," which look like dustballs with faces, are technically exploding, but when they do, it's nothing more than a puff of colored light and sweetly tinkling music.

Sexy stuff
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to Open Feint, an interactive network, which allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to Open Feint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers. 

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Splode is a lovely, artistic, musical arcade game in which players must bring daylight to a nighttime world by popping little magical dustballs called splodes. The strategy element of the game lies in popping your first splode so that it sets off a chain reaction to pop as many others as possible. Each exploding dustball brings with it a little more sunlight.

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SPLODE is not only a fun, strategic arcade game; it's also incredibly beautiful to behold. The twilight-hued nighttime scenes are lovely to begin with, and watching the daylight burst into existence as you play is even more visually arresting. Making the whole experience even more appealing is the music: As each splode pops, it creates a twinkling of piano keys, so that each chain reaction of bursting splodes sounds like a song. When you put the look, sound, and fun factor together, you get a total package that is really quite remarkable.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Release date:August 26, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Escalation Studios
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up

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