Glitch Dash

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Difficult but fun action tests reflexes; ads try patience.

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Ease of Play

This is a hard game. Simple controls, but every level is maddeningly frustrating -- on purpose. 

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Consumerism

Players can purchase an ad-free premium version as well as game checkpoints using real-world cash. Non-premium players will be forced to watch 30-second ads. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Glitch Dash is an endless runner-style game that ramps up the difficulty and isn't aimed at casual players. The game doesn't feature any objectionable content but does have in-game purchase options and forces players who don't pay to unlock the premium version to sit through video ads, which last up to 30 seconds. Parents should be aware, though, that the app has no privacy policy, meaning it's unclear what the game maker does with any personal information that might be gathered. 

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What's it about?

GLITCH DASH takes a futuristic spin on the endless runner category. As with most runner games, players proceed automatically down a path, swiping left, right, up, and down to avoid obstacles. Along the way, they'll try to collect diamonds and crowns. If they die on the way to the level's endpoint (and they will -- the game is designed to be brutally challenging), they can continue from that checkpoint by watching a video ad. Players only have a certain number of lives, but those eventually reset over time. 

Is it any good?

If you're looking for a difficult challenge of your reflexes and skills, you've found one with this fast-paced action game. Glitch Dash takes the endless runner formula and ramps it up to an extremely challenging mode of play. You'll need lightning-fast reflexes, and even then, you'll need to replay it multiple times. It's infuriating. It's addictive. And it's fun. (Plus, it has a great soundtrack, with music that fits the on-screen action.)

There are some issues, though. The game has a ton of ads if you don't buy the premium version. The limited number of lives and checkpoints (which can also be circumvented with a purchase) can be frustrating, too, if you're regularly falling just short of completing a level. They're minor annoyances in the long run, though. Ultimately Glitch Dash is that game that will both drive you mad and keep you playing. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can also talk about consumerism. How do you resist impulse purchases when they're frequently presented to you? Is it better to wait and save your money?

  • Talk about positive character strengths like perseverance. How do games like Glitch Dash make you interested in trying to succeed again, even if you've failed multiple times before?

  • How can replaying games like Glitch Dash that rely on fast reflexes improve your reaction time in real life? Can you use these skills in other situations?

App details

For kids who love action

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