The Incident

 
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Old-school arcade dodging game with sense of humor.

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Ease of play

You tilt to move left or right, tap to jump. The controls are very simple and smooth.

Violence

Players must help their character dodge random items falling from the sky. If he gets hit, he loses a heart (and makes a grimacing face). After losing three hearts, he will "die." There's no visual representation of him dying, just a trophy that appears explaining how he died ("Death by Barber Pole," "Death by Cute Pillow," etc.).

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this intriguingly-named app, The Incident, is essentially just a game about dodging falling objects. It's got a very old-school arcade look to it, and fun, simple gameplay. It's sense of humor is somewhat dark (e.g., you get trophies for dying in interesting ways), but the game is never really violent or scary in any way. "Dying" here is no worse than dying in an old Super Mario Bros. game.

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The incident in THE INCIDENT is a sudden rain of random objects from the sky. The hero -- an everyman who just happens to be on the street at the time -- must climb the ever-growing pile of stuff while trying not to get smashed by falling cars, guitars, toasters, and whatnot. The simple gameplay is loads of fun, and there's a lot of entertainment in simply seeing what will come down next. Some items (like famous works of art) are unique and if you happen to get hit by them and lose the game, your disappointment may be lessened knowing you were killed by, say, Van Gogh's "Starry Night." If you can manage to make it all the way up to the source of the incident -- somewhere in space -- you'll even save the world.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:August 10, 2010
Category:Arcade Games
Publisher:Big Bucket Games
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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