Up with a Fish

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Simple-but-fun stacking game based on Cat in the Hat.

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

All you need to do is tilt your mobile device back and forth to move the Cat in the Hat and have him catch falling objects on the top of his ever-growing stack of stuff. It gets harder to do as the stack gets higher.

Violence & Scariness

Thing 1 and Thing 2 (little guys with crazy blue hair) fall from the sky and must be avoided. They holler loudly on the way down and if they hit your stack of stuff, they smash through lots of the items you're balancing.

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Consumerism

A button on the homepage takes you to a store where you can purchase other Dr. Seuss apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Up with a Fish is a fun mobile app based on the imaginary game that the Cat in the Hat plays in the classic Dr. Seuss book. Just as the Cat does in the book, you'll need to balance an increasing number of items -- cakes, umbrellas, teapots, etc. -- on top of one another as the Cat tosses them up into the air. Here, you'll also need to avoid the mischief-making Thing 1 and Thing 2, who scream as they fall past and try to knock down your stack of stuff. Your game ends when you miss three fish bowls, which break with a shattering glass sound as they hit the floor.

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Is it any good?

There's not much to UP WITH A FISH -- you just keep catching things onto an increasingly large, precariously balanced pile of junk -- but it's bizarrely exhilarating and a whole lot of fun. The idea of taking the made-up game that the Cat in the Hat plays in his book and turning it into a mobile app is pretty brilliant. It's the perfect kind of game for an iPhone, played by simply tilting the device back and forth. Up with a Fish is proof that incredibly simple games can still be amazing fun when they're produced as a quality app.

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