Bumpy Road

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Flawed-but-charming romance story told through arcade game.

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Ease of Play

Moving the couple along the road takes a little bit of time to master - and the controls aren't as exact as you'd like, but with a bit of experimentation, you'll figure out the best timing. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bumpy Ride is a charming arcade-style game putting the player in charge of an aging couple's Sunday love-drive. Using their fingers to toss the car in the air, players help the onscreen characters navigate obstacles and pitfalls. Along the way, a heartwarming tale of the couple's romance is told as players unlock memories along the way. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

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Is it any good?

Bumpy Road has its own share of potholes, but story isn't one of them. The game's real strength is its heartwarming tale of the story's central couple and their relationship. The road itself is a good metaphor for their life together, full of pitfalls, highs and lows, but highlighting the importance of perseverance. As a game, Bumpy Road isn't bad, but it's far from perfect. The control scheme isn't overly precise and learning the best times to create hills and valleys (which you do by simply touching the screen) isn't particularly easy. The music in the game is pitch-perfect, though, and will stay with you long after you move on to other affairs. Platform fans will enjoy this one, as will romantic gamers, but it's not a game for everyone. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Category: Family Games
  • Size: 30.80 MB
  • Publisher: Simogo
  • Version: 1.5
  • Minimum software requirements: 3.1.3 or later

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