Thor's Hammer

Common Sense Media says

Wield a simulated version mythological weapon.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

This app reacts to users swinging their iPhone or iPad up and down, as well as to motion gestures on the multi-touch screen. Absolutely anyone can use it.

Violence & scariness

This app does glorify weaponry in making Thor's hammer appear as a cool, desirable object. Otherwise, the app has no violent content.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Thor's Hammer is nothing more than a cheap, digital version of the mythological hammer "Mjolnir," believed to be the most powerful hammer in the universe. According to legend, only Thor, the god of thunder himself, can use Mjolnir. However, this app lets anyone get in on the action and feel what it's like to wield the all-powerful weapon. There are all sorts of different effects based on how users interact with the app -- shaking it up and down will create one visual effect, while pushing the device forward will have a different effect. It is simply meant as a fun digital toy for users who have always wondered what it's like to hold the power of "Thor's Hammer."

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THOR'S HAMMER is best described as a digital toy. There is no game, no objective, and no real purpose for the app. It is for users who may have seen the theatrical Thor movie, or are fans of the Thor comic book series or any of the many other legacies that the centuries-old tale of the god of thunder has spawned. The publisher describes it as "the most interactive hammer app in the app store," with numerous different effects that can be triggered by various touch-screen or motion-sensing gestures. There are more than 30 different effects in all. It is a fun, unique app that any Thor fan can appreciate, even though there isn't a whole lot to do with it.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:May 13, 2011
Publisher:Black Arc Studios
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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