A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The aren't many instructions, although kids should be able to pick up a number of the gameplay basics.
Violence & Scariness
The game can involve shooting guns in a later level.
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Products & Purchases
No ads, but a few items are sold within the app.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Impossible Game 2 is an action game for iOS and Android devices. The game has a mostly visual, hands-on tutorial -- there aren't many written instructions, and some elements aren't really explained. Certain parts of the game may involve shooting guns, but kids are aiming at objects, not people. The game's focus is on avoiding obstacles and making it to the end of each round. It doesn't really touch on emotional development or other personal growth-related themes, but kids may see repeatedly trying to accomplish something can lead to success. Players won't see any ads, but they can purchase packages of 80, 400, or 2,000 blocks for $0.99, $4.99, and $9.99. An Achievement Pass, which can be bought with a 400-blocks purchase, unlocks rewards such as skins as kids progress.
Is It Any Good?
Kids try to leap over triangular shapes, spinning wheels that slide up and down poles, and other obstacles at a fast pace that makes the game feel almost too challenging. The Impossible Game 2's graphics are relatively simple -- although that isn't an indication the game will be. Generally, gravity does some of the work. You direct the yellow square icon to jump by tapping on the screen, but otherwise, it steadily moves forward and will cascade down gradients in the course without your help. Many objects you're trying to avoid are also simple shapes, such as rows of triangles -- although nuanced versions can appear, such as a triangle hanging upside down from a row of squares above you, which you might accidentally hit while trying to jump over items in your path.
While there's plenty of peppy music to accompany the various levels, the app is light on instruction. As a result, it's unclear what benefit some elements -- such as the vertical arrows and glowing flags that are sometimes present -- may offer. That's unfortunate, because kids may feel that any assistance would be welcome. Jumps have to be timed just right so that you clear -- and don't collide with -- nearby objects. Gaps that appear in the line of squares you're traveling on top of pose additional threats periodically, and individual floating squares require a decent amount of coordination to jump on and off of. The speed and object placement makes even the early portion of the game difficult. Kids will likely need more than one try to get it right. The game restarts quickly if you slam into something, though, and will pick up part of the way through the course, instead of requiring kids to start over again from the beginning. That may help convince kids The Impossible Game 2 is downright doable. Still, given how often they may need to retry levels, the overall experience can ultimately feel somewhat frustrating.
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