Wouldn’t it be fun to smash a donut? Would you allow your children to smash foods if it didn’t involve a mess, didn’t waste food, and provided educational facts about the foods we eat?

Smash Your Food attempts to do just that. The game is fairly simple. You guess what the sugar, fat and salt content of a particular food item is, and then you use your finger to push down a metal plate onto the food. You can do it quickly or slowly. You get stars and carrots depending on how close you get to the real numbers or for doing certain activities in the game. These carrots and stars are then used to unlock other parts of the game. Each grouping of foods are stored in a fridge, and you need a set number of carrots to open the fridge.

The game also has health tips for the children, and for the parents about eating and making foods healthier.

The game elements are clean and well done. I found the fruit characters funny, but I can see how some might find them annoying (especially the sounds they make).

Sadly although I loved most of the app, I just couldn’t get past the idea that I had to purchase (with real money) carrots to continue. I understand that in-app purchases is one of the few mechanism to make money from an app, but an app that asks the age of the player and then prompts underage children to purchase carrots seems inappropriate. I would have been happier if I could purchase all the fridges for a set price, be it $2, $4 or even $5. Then I can hand over the game to my children and not worry about what the app will end up costing me.

If you can live with the in-app purchasing, then it is a fantastic app. Otherwise I would consider getting the fixed priced iPad version.

I reviewed the iPhone version (as prompted by the publisher). No Android version exists.

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