What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that iStunt 2 - Snowboard is a physics-based snowboarding game that focuses on tricks and big air. Players control a boarder who rides in a series of anything-but-the-real-world conditions, scoring points for perfect landings and mid-air tricks. Using the gyroscope to control the rider, players must tilt their iDevice from side to side to change his trajectory. Early levels are fairly docile, but if the player is advanced enough to make it deeper into the game, there is some grisly content, such as a level where you must avoid giant spinning blades or be dismembered. (And given the level of difficulty of the game at that point, you'll likely hit them several times.) The app also has minor language concerns, with a level named "Hell Yeah!" The iPad version (called iStunt 2 HD - Snowboard) costs more, but is the same game and has HD graphics.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
What Kids Can Learn
iStunt 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. Kids can practice some interesting device physics landing and stunting their boarder, but they will not learn any terminology or specifics about actual snowboarding.
What's it about?
The first level "Learning to Tilt" serves as the tutorial starting with the basic skill: tilting the device left and right to guide your boarder along a collection of snowy precipices (high scores unlock snowman, polar bear, and other goofy riders as well as cool boards). Kids can retry endlessly after wipeouts (which are quite numerous and on the gratuitous side with toppling, parts flying, and grunts of pain). Luckily checkpoints allow restarts without returning to the beginning. Android version has 25 courses.
Is it any good?
Originally a flash game for the PC, iStunt 2 has transitioned well to the iOS world. While it's hardly advanced, the game can be a fun for players with patience, offering a wide number of challenges and checkpoints (so that when you inevitably fail at one of those challenges, you don't have to start over from the beginning). The difficulty is a factor, though -- as the game gets hard fast. And the violence levels increase dramatically (and unexpectedly) as you get further into the game. It all looks great, is easy to control and is loaded with over 40 levels, which is a bit more heft than you might expect from a title like this. Paying for a game that can be played for free online might seem a little odd, but consider it a tariff for being able to play while you're on the go.