Dunkers

App review by
Debbie Gorrell, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced slam-dunking fun with two-player option.

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Ease of Play

A clean layout and simple controls make navigation a game play easy. Instead of figuring it out as you go, it could be helpful to have information about how each game mode works.

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There are ads for other games on the main screen and the information screen, but they don't interfere with the gameplay and can be removed for a fee.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dunkers is a competitive sports game for iOS and Android devices. Kids play against the computer or another player, trying to earn the highest score by slam dunking a basketball. Players share a device in two player mode. There are ads for other games on the home screen, but once the game is downloaded, there’s an option for a paid ad-free version. Otherwise, there's no inappropriate content. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your kid’s 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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Kid, 11 years old May 6, 2020

good game buut i keep getting dunked on

i always lose in arcade and when i play vs friend i still lose because im trash 4 stars

What's it about?

DUNKERS is a pretty straightforward competitive sports game. There are three modes of play – arcade, career, and two player. In arcade mode, kids play a series of quick games that end when one team dunks and scores. Career mode is similar with respect to game play, but kids can climb the ranks as they win each game. If kids want to play with a friend or family member, they can share their device in two player mode. The game controls are simple. An arrow on the right moves a player in a forward jumping motion to dunk the ball. An arrow on the left moves the player backward. Players can steal the ball by running into an opponent at just the right moment.

Is it any good?

With its goofy long-armed characters and fast-paced play, this game is surprisingly fun and strikes a balance between simple and challenging. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles to Dunkers, but that’s what can make it a refreshing change of pace from other games that are loaded with rewards, customizations, and complicated controls. In this game, kids can focus on what they are doing – playing a game of basketball. And there's some variety inserted at random moments. For example, a trampoline sometimes appears in the center of the court. Or, there might be a game with four players including a frog and a duck.

Despite the game’s overall simplicity, scoring points and stealing the ball from an opponent isn't necessarily a simple task. Timing needs to be perfect in order to dunk or steal, and players can quickly lose control of the game if they send their character into a series of high jumps and flips. But even with the chaos that can ensue during a game, that’s what makes Dunkers so fun for kids who enjoy this kind of challenge.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about screen time. How can you balance having fun playing games like Dunkers while stopping yourself from constantly asking to play one more game?

  • How is this game similar to, and different than, a real game of basketball? Is there interest in hitting the courts for a real game?

  • Is it worth the price to get rid of the ads? Would it improve the game?

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For kids who love sports

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