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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Boxtrolls: Slide & Sneak is a exceptionally fun arcade-style game featuring characters from the popular film. There's nothing notable to worry about in terms of violence, sexual content, or language, but the game does lean a bit heavily on in-app purchases -- specifically, tokens that allow you to restart your game mid-level if you fail. It's also marketed to young fans of the film, but the game's terms state that players need to be 13 and up -- a confusing but not uncommon caveat.
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What's it about?
You can play as one of ten Boxtrolls (tinkering box-wearing trolls who only come out at night) as you attempt to sneak though a city, collecting cogs and avoiding your enemies, the evil Red Hats, and their traps. Your goal: Rescue ally Boxtrolls from the Red Hats' clutches. The characters move on their own, but you can swipe up to jump or down to slide down hills. You can earn or purchase cogs and cheese in varying amounts, as well as unlock new players.
Is it any good?
Many movie tie-ins are slapped-together affairs that waste the player's time. That's happily not the case with THE BOXTROLLS: SLIDE & SNEAK. The game, although a bit too reliant on in-game purchases, is a slick-looking, well-paced title that's a good extension of the film. The lush Victorian environments of Cheesebridge are beautifully rendered, and fans should enjoy exploring them. The controls are basic, making it very kid-friendly, but the game's not so simplistic that older kids will become bored. It's something other movie games -- especially kids' movies -- should take note of, as it sets a new high bar. However, it's tainted by one thing: Although the game is marketed to kids who are fans of the film, it specifically states that players must be 13 and up to purchase and play the app. This disconnect is frustrating and may negate younger players enjoying a really great game.
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