Wispin

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Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
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Color-matching, blob-defeating, table-tilting adventure.

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Ease of Play

Wispin has an excellent tutorial that is always available. You reach it by selecting "How to Play." It teaches the basics for how to play the game, the goals of the game, and details about the interface. It gives enough information to get through the early levels, and allows you to discover new details on your own as you go. It is like an interactive tutorial. You move Wispin around by either tilting your device or by using an on-screen joystick. Neither one is very easy to use at first, since the Bloopers that you need to eliminate are constantly changing direction, but the more you play, the easier it gets. 

Violence & Scariness

You control Wispin to run into the other objects and characters (Bloopers) on the screen. There is no visual violence, but it is obvious that you're trying to eliminate the Bloopers.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Wispin is a challenging family game with mild strategy and agility elements. Players change Wispin's color, then eliminate the Bloopers that match his color by running into them. If you run into a Blooper or other item that doesn't match Wispin's current color, Wispin gets hurt. When he is hurt three times, the game is over.

Clear levels to unlock new ones, and to unlock new ways to play. There are many special items to eliminate or collect. The "How to Play" section gives a good introduction to the gameplay. You can change many of the options, including setting a Color Blind Mode, which changes the usual red, green, and blue colors to yellow, a different green, and a different blue.

Players can see their friends' scores through Game Center, and see how they stack up against others in the rankings.

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Is it any good?

Starting with the very useful interactive tutorial, WISPIN is an original take on clearing-the-screen type games. The basic concept of matching colors to the Bloopers that you need to eliminate is simple, but the gameplay is a challenge. The Bloopers constantly change direction, making it very hard, either by joystick or tilting the screen, to keep up with them. Players will get used to the game controls, though. One disadvantage of the joystick option is that your finger or thumb ends up blocking part of the screen. Since there are plenty of levels to unlock, the game will keep players' interest for a while. 

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