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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Tilt World is an environmentally themed puzzle game that lets players do real-world good simply by playing. Completing levels earn coins, which can be redeemed to plant new trees in Madagascar through the WeForest organization. This is certainly admirable, but the game also has commercial aspects, such as purchasable bonus levels and a prominent link to a website selling T-shirts and other merchandise related to the game. Also, the game's controls are less than ideal.
What's it about?
Players will move Flip (the game's central figure/resident tadpole) around the screen either by tilting the device or tapping where they want to move him (be it top, bottom, or side). From those positions, he'll attempt to catch seeds, water, and other falling goodies while avoiding polluted items, which damage him in a limited time frame. Players also can affect the wind by swiping the screen as dandelion seeds sway, helping Flip reach his quota of seeds before time runs out.
Is it any good?
When it comes to good causes, TILT WORLD has most other games beat. After all, no one can argue with the goal of planting one million trees in Madagascar. However, the game's philanthropic and environmentally friendly aspects don't completely make up for its shortcomings. The gameplay itself is average and doesn't present a real challenge to most players -- and it's unclear if the game's purchase price (as well as that of the add-on levels and T-shirts) help the charity.
The game's use of the accelerometer is so-so, and Flip often jumps around when you don't want him to. Thankfully, players can move the tadpole by touching the top, bottom, and sides of the screen, which is a much more enjoyable experience.
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