Storm in a Teacup

Common Sense Media says

Imaginative twist on the standard platform game.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The game's controls work incredibly well, though it takes a little while to get the timing down for certain jumps.

Violence & scariness

Players can lose by being stomped on by rain clouds, eaten by sharks that look like they're made of construction paper, or hit by spinning blades, but there's nothing scary. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

A link on the home page takes you to more apps by the developer -- but before you see those, there's an interstitial page that has no advertising, giving you the chance to back out.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Crystal, an interactive network that allows users to upload real avatar photos, create a profile, set location, post scores on leaderboards, add friends, post status messages, and connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers. The Crystal privacy policy states that it may collect and use information including name, email address, a phone’s Unique Device ID, and IP address. Crystal gives users the option to disagree to terms and conditions, after which new personal data will not be stored on their servers. This will reduce the functionality of the Crystal network for the user.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Storm in a Teacup is a charming platform game where a child lives out an imaginary adventure. Like any platformer, the object is to run and jump over obstacles -- in this case, things like frowning storm clouds and boxing gloves -- while collecting objects. It's not hard, per se, but does take a sense of timing, and younger kids could become frustrated. Players can opt into the Crystal interactive network, as well as post their scores and achievements on Facebook and Twitter, so there are some privacy concerns. 

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Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

STORM IN A TEACUP is a good game, but it falls a bit short of being great -- though it's hard to say why. The app has a very unique look, like something from a child's imagination, and has plenty of good puzzles to solve and items to find. Perhaps what's missing is the lack of a story tying things together. There's a narrative on the iTunes store page, but nothing's built into the game. While Storm, the teacup-riding hero of the game, will charm you, there's never a real emotional connection with him, so you don't feel a sense of loss when you fail. That said, the controls respond wonderfully, an essential quality in an arcade game, and you may find yourself playing for long stretches without realizing it. For 99 cents, it's a no-brainer. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:May 19, 2011
Category:Adventure Games
Size:18.10 MB
Publisher:Chillingo Ltd.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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