A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
The controls are very easy: Tilt the device to move your arrow around, like rolling a marble around the screen. Avoid the red dots, and collect the power-up orbs to destroy the dots. As you play, you'll accumulate better orb weapons. While the controls are easy, mastering the game is a challenge.
Violence & Scariness
There are a lot of explosions, flames, black holes, and other weapons in the game. However, the "character" is a little arrow, and the enemies are tiny red dots, so the game is abstract. When new weapons are unlocked, there is a cartoon of the dots with faces, showing the effects of the new weapon.
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Products & Purchases
There is an in-app purchase for an additional game mode for $.99, but the basic game offers four game modes and can be played without the expansion. There is also a link for more games from the developer.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tilt to Live is a fast-paced, accelerometer-controlled arcade game. There are a lot of explosions, flying projectiles, and other weaponry but the character you play is a small arrow, and the enemies are tiny red dots, so the violence is abstracted. There are, however, occasional cartoons of the "dots" with faces showing the effects of weapons. There is an in-app purchase for an additional game mode but the basic game can be played without it. The app uses Game Center to track achievements and high scores, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
TILT TO LIVE is an extremely addicting game, in the same vein as the classic arcade game Geometry Wars, except that in this case you tilt your device to fly around the screen, avoiding the red dots that appear and start chasing you. Fortunately, you have a way to fight back, through various power-up orbs that also appear around the screen, from simple bombs that explode and eliminate nearby dots to shields that will protect you temporarily. As you earn achievements, you gain additional power-ups. With four included modes and one more available for purchase, Tilt to Live has a high replay value. The controls are extremely simple, but mastering the game is a challenge.
The graphics, music, and sound effects are all top-notch, and there's a good bit of humor in the achievements and their descriptions. Despite all the heavy weaponry, the abstract presentation mitigates the violence.
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