Sticky Bodies

App review by
Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media
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Unclear goals and payment requests hamper fun premise.

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Ease of Play

Players get a brief demo, and the action is pretty intuitive, but there isn't a FAQ or other resource to find out the rules.

Violence & Scariness

Although people (including children) are falling, eventually land in someone's mouth and are eaten, no blood's shown, and they don't seem to be panicking or feel very upset.

Sexy Stuff

Initial rounds are free, but kids will eventually be offered a chance to unlock the entire game for $3.99.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Sticky Bodies is an arcade game for iOS and Android devices. The game is easy to play, and despite each round ending with people getting eaten, it isn't a particularly gory game. Players can see a leaderboard listing high-scoring players, but they can't connect with other users through it. They can play for free for a while, but they'll eventually be asked to spend coins they've earned to pass through certain areas so they can get to the next location and challenge, and they are also offered a chance to unlock the entire game for $3.99. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content in the game. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared, and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Players try to pull people together who are falling from the sky for points in STICKY BODIES. Linking people increases your speed, along with your score. Players also need to avoid objects such as hoops and street signs. As they fall past U.K. locations like Plymouth and South Cadbury, they can swipe to physically grab sausages, meat pies, and other food, or tap on them to gain points along with catching coins. At the end of each round, you guide the string of people into a giant mouth, and a points tally is shown.

Is it any good?

This quirky game is easy to play, but a lack of instructions and a requirement of users to pay for access limits the enjoyment. Sticky Bodies features a whimsical design: The characters look almost like old-fashioned paper dolls, and point totals are tallied on a vintage cash register. As players progress, there are new obstacles that suddenly appear, such as hula hoops and boats, making the game more challenging. Despite a somewhat gruesome theme -- everyone falls toward the ground and eventually gets eaten -- the game keeps things light with chipper music, generally cheerful interactions, and a lack of blood or extreme panic as everyone cascades into a giant mouth.

Players don't need detailed instructions to figure out how to move and grab objects, so they should be able to get the hang of playing pretty quickly. There's no information about why players should collect coins, though -- or how you advance levels. Nor is there info on whether there's any advantage to replaying a round or moving on to the next one, which can make playing somewhat confusing. Presumably, filling the spaces earmarked for coins on the board shown at the start of rounds would propel you to the next level. But as you advance, you can get through a few rounds without seeing a single coin. It’s also kind of a letdown that around the time you've played a half-dozen or so times, you'll start seeing prompts to use the in-app currency you've earned to pay a toll so that you can travel to the next area of the map. Around this time, an offer to pay $3.99 to unlock the rest of the game also pops up. Without spending some cash, players may find they can still play Sticky Bodies -- but the action will slow down and start to feel repetitive as they struggle to find enough coins.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about persevering. How can you keep going and not give up, even when you're not advancing in a game and may get frustrated?

  • Can you think of a real-life example of how to create a plan to handle an issue? Can you apply anything you've learned from playing Sticky Bodies to the real world?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 20, 2019
  • Category: Action Games
  • Size: 211.00 MB
  • Publisher: Q-Games Ltd.
  • Version: 1.2.637
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.o or later or Android 6.0 and up.
  • Last updated: October 13, 2019

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