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Bike Unchained 2

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Engaging but overtly Red Bull-sponsored dirt bike racer.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls, is about simple pattern recognition. But you compete against other people, some of whom are really good and will give you a large challenge.

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Players can use in-game currency bought with real money, won through playing, or earned by watching ads to buy new bikes, parts, upgrades, and character clothing. Game is made by Red Bull, and players can earn a boost by drinking Red Bull. Players also get help from real riders wearing Red Bull hats who encourage you to drink Red Bull. The bike parts are made by such real companies as Rockshox, Transition, and SRAM.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bike Unchained 2 is a dirt bike racing game for iOS and Android devices. The game has a heavy push for Red Bull and its products. Not only did the energy drink company make this app, but players get tips from real bikers who wear Red Bull hats and encourage players to drink it. Doing so gives players a performance boost. The game also features the corporate logos of bike and bike part companies such as Rockshox, Transition, and SRAM. By winning races, watching ads, or spending real money, players can get the in-game credits needed to upgrade their bikes or change their avatar's outfits. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Like most racing games, BIKE UNCHAINED 2 doesn't have a story. Instead, you compete in a series of events so you can unlock more events to race in. Except that unlike many racing games, you're not competing against the computer or other people in real-time. Instead, you're up against people's previous runs on those tracks. Racing is also somewhat simple, since it's just about tapping and holding the screen at the right time to accelerate, make turns, and cross the finish line.

Is it any good?

If you can get past the blatant attempts to get you to drink Red Bull, you might enjoy this engaging downhill dirt bike racing game. In Bike Unchained 2, you have to tap and hold the screen at just the right time to make sure your on-screen rider pedals when necessary, cruises along when that's called for, and sticks the landings, all while competing in a downhill dirt bike race. You're hoping to do this faster than the previous runs of other people the game has chosen as your competition for any particular round. The game boasts a good variety of bumpy tracks, as well as numerous rewards to keep you playing so that you can get those super-cool pedals.

But while this is largely just a matter of correctly identifying the terrain and tapping or holding the screen accordingly, it's somewhat cheapened by the blatant attempts to get you to drink Red Bull. Not only do the real pro bikers who mentor you all wear Red Bull hats, but they encourage you to drink it. Doing so in the game gives you a boost (with your performance, not with your winnings or fake sponsorship in the game). Still, unless you really hate Red Bull, or things that are overly commercial, Bike Unchained 2 is a fun ride down a steep, bumpy hill.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. This game's not only made by Red Bull, but encourages you to drink that energy drink also. Does it make you want to drink Red Bull? Do you think that's why the company made this game?

  • Does it make sense to spend any money on Bike Unchained 2? If not, does that make you feel like you should watch a bunch of the ads instead?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: September 26, 2018
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 1300.00 MB
  • Publisher: Red Bull
  • Version: 1.6.7
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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