A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn rudimentary concepts of physics and gravity as they attempt to jump obstacles on a motorcycle race course. Bike Baron also encourages kids to be creative via the game's level editor, which lets them create new courses to explore (and again, learn when a feat is physically impossible due to the laws of nature). Kids won't develop deep knowledge of physics with Bike Baron. This game a fun and silly way to play around with concepts such as gravity and momentum.
Ease of Play
The control scheme is fairly easy to learn, though there's no tutorial to gently ease players into the game. Downloading the additional levels others have created is tricky.
Violence & Scariness
With the ragdoll physics, the rider is splayed out in very awkward and painful looking positions when he wrecks. There is no blood, but you do hear the rider scream in comedic fear when he's falling.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bike Baron is a physics-based extreme sports game that challenges players to guide a motorcycle rider over an increasingly difficult series of obstacle courses. When the rider crashes, he yelps in fear, then falls to the ground like a lifeless puppet, but there is no blood. Users can create and share their own courses, but there's no personal information attached to them and the game doesn't feature content in the toolmaker that would offend most parents. The game does not support iPhones sold before the 3GS and is only compatible with third generation (and higher) iPod Touches. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
Is It Any Good?
The fun with most physics-based sports game is seeing how far you can fling your onscreen persona when you crash. That's true in BIKE BARON, but the game isn't limited to just that aspect. The courses are entertaining. There's plenty of diversity. And the difficulty ramps up at a good pace. The level editor is a nice addition to supplement the included 40 levels, but downloading the levels others have created is overly tricky (you have to go to a company blog to find codes for levels, then download them blind). Overall, this is a silly, fun game that proves to be a fun diversion, though not something that will become an obsession for most.
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