Tape it Up!

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging but eventually repetitive arcade game.

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Game uses simple touch controls but gets tough.

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Players can use real money, coins earned in-game to buy playable characters. Players also can earn coins, continue playing by watching ads.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tape it Up! is a simple, endless runner-style arcade game. As such, it has no inappropriate content. Using real money or coins earned by playing, players can buy playable characters. Players also can earn coins or continue their run when they die by watching ads. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website or in the settings menu (which brings up the aforementioned website) to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

In TAPE IT UP!, you're a packing-tape dispenser who works at the post office and has to seal boxes as they move down a conveyor belt. Or maybe you're a cat with a packing-tape dispenser who works at the post office and has to seal boxes as they move down a conveyor belt. No, wait, you're a roll of bacon who works at the post office as a packing-tape dispenser and has to seal boxes as they move down a conveyor belt. Who knows? This game is weird.

Is it any good?

While this simple but challenging arcade game is fun in short bursts, it can get a little repetitive after a bit. In Tape it Up!, you're cast as a roll of packing tape who works at the post office, sealing packages for delivery -- except these packages are on three parallel conveyor belts that never stop and are apparently dangerous, so you have to swipe left or right to hop from one to the next unsealed box, because if you touch the conveyor belt, you die. As you're doing all this hopping, you can pick up coins (tips, maybe?) and even sometimes jump into boxes to earn extra bonus cash. Oh, and if you don't feel like playing this arcade game as a roll of packing tape, you also can play as a stapler, an order of fries, a cassette tape, some toothpaste, a cat, or a bunch of other characters who shouldn't work at the post office and wouldn't be able to seal packages if they did. And it all happens with a visual style that will bring you back to the days of 8-bit arcade games. But while occasionally jumps and times are really sped up, the app still doesn't have enough variety to keep you entertained for long. Still, if you're looking for a silly but fun quick fix, Tape it Up! will provide a good challenge to your hand-eye coordination.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about simplicity. How do you think this game's simplicity works to its advantage? Do you think it could be better if it were more complex? Why, or why not?

  • Talk about old-school video game graphics. Do you think this game would be better if it had state-of-the-art visuals in high definition? Why, or why not?

  • Discuss spending money. Do you think spending a lot of money on characters in this game is a good use of your allowance?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 16, 2017
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 497.00 MB
  • Publisher: Devsisters
  • Version: Tape it Up! 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up

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