A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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