Tilt HD: Flip's Adventure in 1.5 Dimensions

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Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Arcade app is cutesy but too difficult for young kids.

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Ease of Play

Flip can hop to all four sides of the iPad, which involves tilting it in the appropriate direction. Half-tilts cause seeds and other floating objects to slide over one space. Because of the amount of hand-eye coordination required, combined with the speed at which items can move and the sheer number of them on the screen at any given time, younger kids will probably find the game frustratingly difficult.

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When Flip is defeated (by inhaling too many toxins or by running out of time), he gets enveloped in a cloud of green smoke and makes coughing noises. When toxic items touch him, he winces.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Tilt HD: Flip's Adventure in 1.5 Dimensions is an action game that -- despite its kid-friendly tadpole character -- will probably frustrate younger players with the level of difficulty. It's a cute app with an ecological message. Players control a tadpole named Flip on a quest to get rid of the clouds of toxic waste that have taken over his home. By tilting the iPad to the left or right, players control Flip as he grabs healthy objects like water droplets and leaves while avoiding toxic ones (anything covered in green sludge).

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Is it any good?

With a simplistic "save the planet" message and cutesy graphics (Flip the tadpole is pretty adorable as far as game characters go), TILT HD: FLIP'S ADVENTURES IN 1.5 DIMENSIONS appears to be designed for a younger audience. But the degree of speed and dexterity required to succeed -- which includes rotating the iPad a full 180 degrees, doing small half-tilts to nudge wind-swept objects into Flip's path, and keeping track of items travelling in multiple directions at different speeds (all under pressure of a time limit) -- will prove too much for younger kids to handle.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $4.99
  • Release date: May 20, 2010
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: XEOPlay
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later

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