Spoing

Common Sense Media says

Tricky and challenging (but fun) physics-based adventure.

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Ease of play

The controls work well, but there's a lot of precision involved, which makes it a tough game for younger kids. 

Violence & scariness

When Spoing hits a wall or obstacle, he bursts and re-spawns at the last checkpoint. Obstacles include spiders, bats, and goo-ball-shooting cannons.

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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Minor privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple’s Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. With Game Center, players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party’s Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender’s email address.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Spoing is a physics-based adventure game in which you help a tiny black creature traverse obstacle-filled mazes by launching him from one elastic band to another. There's a lot about trajectory, momentum, and gravity to learn from the gameplay here. The game's story revolves around Spoing, the little creature, trying to recover rainbow gems that were stolen from his people while he was asleep on guard duty. If Spoing hits a wall or an obstacle (spiders, falling stalactites, or goo-shooting cannons, to name a few) he bursts with a popping sound and re-spawns at the last checkpoint.

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SPOING is a clever, fast-paced adventure that requires you to think on your toes. The pull-and-release gameplay controls are easy to pick up, but the precision you need to go far in the game can require quite a bit of skill. The game helpfully shows you a dotted-line trajectory when you pull back, but only if you wait a second and thereby sacrifice precious time. You never need to be fast in order to complete a level, but the faster you are, the more medals you'll earn -- and you need a certain number of medals to open up each new world. Patience is a necessity, but if you can handle the trial-and-error nature of figuring out these twisty courses, the game is a whole lot of fun. One quibble: Many of the levels are a bit too similar. A bit more variety would take the game to the next level.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:May 12, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Size:68.80 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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