By Paul Semel,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
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Jet ski racing game undermined by greed, bad controls.
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What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Ease of Play
Game uses simple touch controls but they don't work well.
Products & Purchases
Players earn in-game currency by competing in races, grabbing them during a race, completing tasks, watching optional video ads, or by spending real-world money. This currency is then used to buy new, playable craft. Also static ads run along bottom of screen while you play, and random video ads run after some races whether you want them to or not. Ad-free version is available for $2.99.
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What’s It About?
In FLIPPY RACE, you engage in jet ski races held in a canal that has numerous obstacles, lines of floating gold coins, and waves that send you flying in the air. Now, if want, you can use these waves to do flips for even more cash; just make sure you land right side up. Why you're doing all of this is unknown; the game doesn't have a story, but presumably. it's for the money.
Is It Any Good?
While this is yet another mobile game that's made insufferable by having so many persistent ads, this one wouldn't even be fun if it was ad-free. In Flippy Race, you have to race a jet ski in a straight track of water that has hazards and waves that send you flipping into the air. That means you not only have to steer well, you also have to land upright so you don't sink. Though, on the plus side, there are lines of gold coins magically floating over the water you can grab. These coins, plus gems you earn by completing certain tasks, can then be used to purchase some fun jet skis.
It's just too bad this game is also really greedy. Not only does it randomly show video ads after some races, but there's a static ad on the bottom of the screen during every race. And removing these ads -- for the low, low price of $2.99 -- won't help, since this has wonky controls that make steering and landing correctly rather frustrating. It's almost like someone swapped the water for oil or something equally viscous and slick. Which is why you're not going to flip over Flippy Race; it's a game that sinks instead of swims.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about advertising. Flippy Race is full of ads, and some even run without warning. Do all the ads make the game less fun for you? Why do you think they include so many ads?
Do you think it's safe to race a jet ski down a canal so full of high waves and barricades? Does it matter that there isn't a person on the jet ski, and it seems to be controlled by itself?
- Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: February 25, 2019
- Category: Racing Games
- Publisher: Ketchapp
- Version: 1.3.1
- Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
- Last updated: March 4, 2019
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