Twisty Sky

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Easy-to-play, hard-to-master game has you reach for clouds.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls but gets increasingly difficult.

Violence & Scariness

While characters "die," it's with a puff of smoke; no blood, gore.

Sexy Stuff

Players can use real-world money; in-game currency earned by doing well, picking up coins, watching ads to buy new characters.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Twisty Sky is a fun but challenging puzzle game for all ages. In it, a chicken or some other character climbs up ladders in hopes of getting away from the Goonswarm. Players must swipe to move the next section in place so their character can continue upward. There's no blood, gore, or violence -- characters caught by the Goonswarm merely disappear in a puff of smoke -- nor is there any inappropriate content. Players can buy additional characters using real money or using coins picked up or earned by watching in-game advertisements. There's no privacy policy, either in the game or on the developer's website.

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What's it about?

As a simple puzzle game, TWISTY SKY doesn't have a story. Instead, it has a chicken (or whatever character you choose to play as) trying to escape the evil Goonswarm by climbing ladders higher and higher up the side of a structure. This is accomplished by moving levels left or right to align the ladders so the player can continue upward, preferably faster than the Goonswarm, whose touch is deadly.

Is it any good?

While it's relatively simple, this puzzle game still manages to be challenging, fun, and even a bit funny. In Twisty Sky, a chicken -- or an order of fries, a tie-wearing "Business Cat," or some other character you unlock or buy -- has to climb ladders upward and onward to avoid being killed by the evil Goonswarm. Your job, should you choose to accept it, is to help the chicken or whatever by swiping left or right to turn the next level so the ladders line up and your character can continue upward. There are even times when you'll have to deal with platforms, passageways to the next side, and mechanical devices that have to be activated or deactivated. All of this becomes increasing tougher, as well as clever, as you go higher and higher. It's nothing that will keep you coming back year after year, especially since almost all the crazy characters behave the same; a smiling coffee pot moves just like a fainting goat, apparently. Still, if you enjoy puzzle games that are easy to learn but get increasingly challenging to play, Twisty Sky will keep you going.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about budgeting their money. Do you really need to spend money on this game, or can you just earn those new characters by playing?

  • Talk about planning ahead. The only way you'll get anywhere in this game is by thinking at least two steps ahead, but how can you apply this to your everyday life?

  • Discuss building construction. Clearly, the towers in this game are not conducive to safety, but how would you make them safer for chickens?

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For kids who love puzzles

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