Flip Dunk

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Ads ruin what's already an overly simple arcade sports game.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple controls but while it does get tricky on some levels, it has options to skip ahead...for a price.


While the player's character can hit the ground hard, they're not shown being injured or killed.


There are static ads along the bottom of the screen at all times, static ads on the main page, frequent video ads between rounds, and options to watch more video ads to skip ahead. Not surprisingly, there's also an option to buy an ad-free edition,.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Flip Dunk is an arcade sports game for iOS and Android devices. While the player's character is shown falling from great heights, there's no inappropriate content in the game. But it does heavily push a lot of ads. Not only are there static ads along the bottom when you play, and static ads in the middle of the screen when you're on the main page, but the game runs videos frequently between rounds, while also asking you to watch some if you'd like to skip the level you're on.It also offers players the option to buy an ad-free version for $2.99. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') 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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What's it about?

In FLIP DUNK, you've entered into a creative slam dunk contest in which you have to use trampolines to do flips before slamming a basketball into a hoop. Do enough flips before landing a basket and you get to move on to the next round. Now, with no end in sight, you'll have to focus on the number of tricks and dunks you can make before you miss and need to start over.

Is it any good?

It's one thing to make an arcade game for mobile devices that's a bit too simple; it's quiet another when that game is just an excuse to constantly runs ads. In the arcade sports game Flip Dunk, players participate in a slam dunk contest by using simple touch controls to do flips before slamming the ball in the net. But unlike real dunk contests, this has you jumping off buildings and other structures, and using multiple trampolines, in an attempt to do three, four, maybe even five flips before you place the ball in the hoop.

While this sounds like it could be a fun but simple game, it's completely ruined by an over-abundance of ads. Not only does a static one run along the bottom of the screen all the time, with a second static ads running in the main menu, but video ads pop up frequently between rounds, even when you tell it that you'd rather not watch an ad to keep going. Even worse, the game's ad mechanics seem to be out of whack because these video ads are often the same. In a half-hour, you might see long and short versions of the same ad dozens of times. And while you could always buy the ad-free version you can also just delete Flip Dunk off your device faster than you can say "dunkadelic."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. Flip Dunk has tons of ads that can interrupt gameplay, but why do you think the developers did this? Obviously, they want your money, and want you to purchase the ad-free options, but do you think there's a better way to do this?

  • Does the action of this "unrealistic" sports game make you want to go outside and play a sport instead? Would it make you want to go to a sporting event?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 25, 2019
  • Category: Sports Games
  • Topics: Sports and Martial Arts
  • Size: 400.10 MB
  • Publisher: Voodoo
  • Version: 1.70
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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