Bike Race Free

 
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Learning(i)

Enjoyable, stunt-filled racer has open chat in multiplayer.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

With basic controls, the game is easy to maneuver and is forgiving for players, allowing them to be a bit bolder with tricks and stunts. 

Violence

Racers crash with an explosive sound effect, though they're not shown as being injured, and there's not accompanying explosive visual effects. 

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Banner ads are prevalent in the app, appearing between levels. In-app purchase options range from $1 to $20.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can chat with strangers in the game's multiplayer mode. Players can also opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

Bike Race Free wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Bike Race Free wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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?

QUALITY
 

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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free (with in-app purchases)
Pricing structure:Free
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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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 12 years old February 25, 2013
 
LEARNING

The best

Tis is one of the best games (not) it is the best game that u shuld give ur kids
Teen, 17 years old Written byGamer164 September 22, 2012
 

Great game for kids!

What it is: fun bike game where you do flips and try to cross the Finnish line as fast as possible to get as many stars as possible. I think kids of all ages should be able to play this!
Parent Written byParentA March 30, 2013
 

NOT FREE / MISLEADING / BOYCOTT / HIDDEN CHARGES

I am outraged. My kids downloaded this App without my authorisation thinking it was "Free". The name is VERY MISLEADING. I was charged £ 19 for 2 downloads, without any chance of reversing the order. BOYCOTT !!!
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