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What 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.
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What's it about?
Players will attempt to shoot baskets with a variety of obstacles and puzzle elements, making DUDE PERFECT 2 difficult. The problems are, in some ways, Angry Birds-like, in that you'll need to use a specific kind of ball to clear an obstacle (such as a bowling ball to shatter glass-like barriers). Players aim the ball by moving an arrow up and down. The force of the shot is controlled by moving your finger left to right. To get past level 21, you need to have earned a certain number of coins; if you haven't, you can replay lower levels or buy access with real money.
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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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Price: Free with in-app purchases
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: July 2, 2015
- Category: Sports Games
- Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
- Size: 58.00 MB
- Publisher: Miniclip
- Version: 1.1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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