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Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Word puzzles require speedy spelling; some mature themes.

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Educational Value

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

Ease of Play

The game is challenging, and there is only one difficulty level. Instructions are provided at the beginning of each game, but it still takes a few rounds to get the hang of how to play. Each game has up to three rounds, all of which depend on speed, solving, and spelling (helped by autocorrect!). There is one occasional bug with the sound effects, but overall the game moves smoothly. High scores and lifetime scores are tracked in the game and in Game Center. There is also an option to reset these stats.


A few clues reference violence indirectly, such as "retaliate" for someone seeking revenge, or "License to Kill" belonging to James Bond.


A few plates mention romance and dating, such as "are you my knight" for a romantic girl, "cold shower" for a frustrated lover, and "see me for a date" for a single person.


One plate ("too dumb to know") is described as belonging to "an idiot." Another clue includes the word "suck." A plate that says "hating life" belongs to a depressed person. There are also a few typos. 


A few clues reference pop culture brand names, such as James Bond, Duke University, and Budweiser. On the credits page there is a link to review the app.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A few clues are described as belonging to drinkers, such as "bottoms up" and "this Bud's for you." Another plate, "cigar man," is described as belonging to a smoker.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bumperrific is a challenging but creative word game with some privacy concerns and mildly mature content. Players are asked to solve a riddle based on what word or phrase might appear on the license plate belonging to a certain type of person. Sometimes the plates are shown, sometimes they must be guessed. For example, for the license plate "ASTRNMR," the clue might be "this plate belongs to a star gazer," and the player would type in "Astronomer." Play is timed, and players earn fake money by solving the puzzles quickly. Several of the clues reference mature themes such as drinking, dating, and even depression. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network or via Facebook, but participation is optional.

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What's it about?

BUMPERRIFIC is a fun, fast-paced brainteaser where kids decipher vanity license plates. Kids figure out the message the short combination of letters and numbers is trying to make, sort of a reverse-phonics exercise, before time runs out. Each game consists of three rounds. Kids must choose which of two plates fit with a clue and then they must type in the correctly written answer.

Is it any good?

Bumperrific wins kudos for creativity in this fun and challenging app. The car design is simple but feels unique, and it's great to get kids spelling quickly (even if autocorrect helps them along). The different modes of gameplay keep things interesting, even when clues repeat, and the stats tracking keeps you going back for more. The app is best for older kids -- younger kids may get frustrated by the quick pace and be unfamiliar (let's hope!) with some of the more mature cultural references.

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