Bike Race Free
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Bike Race Free is a platform sports arcade-like game that lets players race through a looping, stunt-filled course. Players will fail frequently, subjecting their on-screen alter ego to a series of crashes, but the violence is generally cut off at an explosive sound. The game is ad-supported, with banner ads between each level. But parents should be aware of the multiplayer mode, allowing kids to play against strangers, with a "chat mode" allowing them to communicate between turns. Players can also share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. The Kindle Fire version of the app is simply called Bike Race; it's 99 cents.
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What's it about?
Players guide their motorcycle rider avatar with a simple set of controls. Pressing the right side of the screen accelerates him forward, while touching the left side applies the breaks. To adjust the biker's angle in the air, simply tilt your phone or tablet right or left to achieve a quality landing. Other bikes are unlockable after you've accomplished certain stunts, and sometimes "liked" portions of the game on Facebook.
Is it any good?
With a wide variety of worlds in which to test yourself and intuitive controls, Bike Race Free will be a wonderful surprise to fans of the genre. It's forgiving for newcomers, but has a series of challenging tracks. And it offers a tremendous number of tracks for fans to explore.
The multiplayer mode, where players attempt to best their opponent's time on a course, is well-done, though the chat functionality might be concerning to parents. (It can be turned off, but that's easily reversed by a determined child.) The graphics might be simple and the sounds could be better, but overall this is an enjoyable nod to the world of dirt biking.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Price: Free (with in-app purchases)
- Pricing structure: Free (In-app purchase options range from $1 to $20.)
- Release date: September 4, 2012
- Category: Racing Games
- Topics: Cars and Trucks
- Size: 26.30 MB
- Publisher: Top Free Games
- Version: 1.9.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up
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