There is a little benefit to downloading
the apps for Family Friendly Gaming. When something interesting comes
across my computer, I can request that I be assigned as the reviewer.
That is exactly what happened with Neon Mania. I took one look at this
game, and was immediately intrigued. This game has us trace certain
lines. When we trace them we create neon shapes. These can range from
trees in the forest to a cat. And range they do.
The backgrounds are black, and the neon colors pop right off the iPod Touch. This theme is used throughout the game, and across the one hundred and seventy-five screens. I am still marveling at the creativity involved in creating this game. The creators had a very unique idea, and I feel very blessed to be able to play it.
The music fits Neon Mania perfectly. It has this soft yet hollow sound to it. The special effect sounds linger for just a bit. All of these are exactly how I think of neon lights. They grab your attention, and then slowly dissipate. As I pondered the sounds and music in Neon Mania, I realized the high production value of this iPod Touch game.
Did I mention there are one hundred and seventy-five screens/levels in Neon Mania? Yes there are. It is easy to beat a screen in under a minute. I found that I did fail some, and the only thing I can think is I did not score high enough. The faster you trace the different lines the higher the score. Removing your hand or going off track will result in the little star stopping. Which in essence means your scoring starts over. Do this too many times, and you get a low score.
I had a real blast tracing these different lines. Then I let my youngest son try Neon Mania. He loves doing it as well. Neon Mania is one of those apps that reaches all ages of the family. I do have one complaint though. My finger is on top of the line I am tracing. It is easy to get off track and not even see it. Thankfully there is a chime that notified me. But this was a little irritation. I believe Neon Mania would do even better on the Nintendo DSi. A stylus would make things better.
Families can learn how to trace, and what shapes are being made. There were a few that I had to complete before I could figure out exactly what they were. Neon Mania is a game that is safe for the entire family, and will not break the bank. I hope to see sequels to this franchise in the future. It was a real pleasure to be able to play this game, Neon Mania is some fresh fun that everyone can enjoy. It can be played for a few minutes or for an hour.
Family Friendly Factor: 93%
System: iPhone/iPod Touch
Publisher: Vivid Games
ESRB Rating: '4+' for 4+
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