A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Ivy just wants to get home to her mama. Nothing wrong with that.
Positive Role Models
Ivy is a cute baby bird, whom you must protect. By assigning you the role of protector, the game is essentially making you the role model.
Ease of Play
There are basically only two things you need to learn to do in the game: Make vines and stretch vines. Using those two powers to safely guide Ivy to the finish line can prove quite challenging, however.
Violence & Scariness
Ivy can be hurt by spikes, water drops, or bad rats and crows. If she touches any of these, she gets a surprised look on her face and drops from the screen. Bad animals that she rams into squeal and run off.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Ivy the Kiwi is a sweet-looking, old-school 2-D video game with quaint storybook visuals. It is easy to learn, but can be quite challenging. There's very little than can be considered violence in the game.
Is It Any Good?
In some magical way, Ivy the Kiwi manages to feel both comfortably familiar -- in an old-school platformer game kind of way -- and excitingly new and different at the same time. In some ways, it feels like a strategy game, as every level is really a big maze to be navigated -- but it moves so fast that it also feels like an action game. While playing, you're constantly on your toes, without a moment to breathe until you reach the end of a level. The graphics are gorgeous, but laid out in a retro 2-D format, and while the level structure and point system harken back to the days of the cartridge games, the line-drawing control system is, of course, thoroughly modern. All of these seemingly contradictory elements can be found in Ivy the Kiwi, yet they all work incredibly well together. If we're to have one complaint about the game, it's the very short learning curve -- things get moving awfully fast straight out of the gate, and it is up you to catch up.
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