Toyshop Adventures

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Great platform jumping action -- but ads abound.

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Ease of play

The controls work reasonably well, in terms of running and jumping. Dragging and stacking blocks is a bit more challenging, but you can get the knack of it after a few tries.

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Consumerism

Banner ads will run across the top of the screen while you play, and there is a link to other games from the developer. Many of the "toys" in the game are characters from other apps by the same developer. Also, players can spend real money to buy "crystals,"  the game's virtual currency. Packs range from $.99 to $2.99. You can also earn crystals by taking actions such as joining Netflix, subscribing to magazines, or chatting with others via "Speed Date."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toy Shop Adventures is a cute platform jumping adventure that takes place in a toy store stocked with action figure versions of the heroes of other app games. This can easily be seen as a venue for marketing those other apps (you'll see the names and logos of those apps on boxes in the shop). But there are also straightforward ads running in banners at the top of the screen -- this is in essence, the price of the game, since it is a free app. Parents also need to know that players can purchase "crystals" using real money.

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QUALITY

TOY SHOP ADVENTURES may be a clever way for the developer Glu to market their other apps, but no one can deny that it is a fun, well-made app unto itself. The graphics are great, the controls pretty solid, and the multi-tiered, obstacle-filled levels well-designed. Most items you come across are movable, which adds a nice element of variety to the gameplay. For instance, to get over a high box in your path, you can bounce on a big rubber ball to add height to your, or you could walk on top of the ball to roll it to right up to that obstacle you need to jump.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:October 20, 2010
Category:Adventure Games
Publisher:Glu Games Inc.
Version:1.0.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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