A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Steep learning curve. First few levels are easy, but later levels quickly become quite tricky. Game's controls not perfect.
Products & Purchases
As game advances, power-ups become much more useful. Can be earned through in-game dollars, but much easier to pay real-world money for them. Ads for other apps pop up throughout gameplay.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dude Perfect 2 is a basketball-trick-shot game built around the successful YouTube channel. The game challenges players to make near impossible shots, as many similar apps do. There's no offensive language or other content. However, there is a moderate push to buy in-game currency, which can be exchanged for power-ups and unlocking other characters. Also, there are lots of opportunities to connect to social media and ads for other games.
Is It Any Good?
Those who are excited by the sports-related theme or promise of strategy-based tricks might be disappointed. Those elements exist, but chance and cash are just as important to play. The difficulty ramps up quickly, and the game's aiming controls are imprecise at best, which can make an attempt at problem solving an exercise in frustration. Having to go back and play previous levels to earn more in-game currency also slows down the fun. Though it's tied to a YouTube channel, there's really nothing here that distinguishes the app from the wide array of trick-shot games already available in app stores. Some kids likely will find it fun for a short time, but either the controls or cash grabs will ultimately leave them feeling deflated.
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