Helix Jump

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun physics-based arcade game swamped by heavy advertising.

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Ease of Play

Game uses simple touch controls but gets increasingly more difficult as you progress.

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Consumerism

There are ads along the bottom of the screen, on the side when you start a level, and often between rounds. You can also watch ads to keep going when you fail mid-level. Not surprisingly, there's an ad-free version available.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Helix Jump is a fun arcade game for iOS and Android devices. It has no inappropriate content, but it does have a lot of ads. These promos are placed along the bottom of the screen while you're playing, on the sides of the screen when you start a level, and between each level. You can also watch ads to keep playing if you don't make it through a level, or pay for an ad-free version. Parents should also know that there's also no privacy policy in the game, and the one on the developer's website isn't in English. 

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What's it about?

In HELIX JUMP, you have to help a ball get to the bottom of a tower. By spinning a circular platform to the left or right, you'll be able to find a space in the floor, allowing the ball to fall down to the next level. You also have to avoid dangerous pieces of the platform that can affect the ball's path, although falling past multiple levels allows you to break lower ones, making your navigation much easier. But otherwise, there's no story to be found in the game.

Is it any good?

Though it is clever and fun, this physics-based arcade game is undermined by too many ads. In Helix Jump, a ball bounces up and down on a series of circular platforms held up by a pole. By sliding your finger left or right, you spin a platform around until you reach a break in the floor, which will allow the ball to fall to the next level. Of course, your ultimate goal is to reach the bottom of the tower. This isn't as simple as it sounds, since there are pieces of platforms, identified by color, that will block your progress. It also gets more and more complex as you progress; fortunately, you'll learn new tricks to help you reach your goals as you clear more stages. For instance, you can move the ball in mid-flight, and if it falls past multiple platforms, it can build up enough momentum to smash pieces of a lower level. Unfortunately, the gameplay would be a lot more fun if it didn't have so many ads. They're along the bottom of the screen, on the sides when you start playing, and between rounds, tempting you when you fail with the promise of renewed life. It gets to be a bit much after a while (which may be why there's an ad-free version for sale). Were it not for all the commercials, though, Helix Jump would be an engaging and clever arcade game that uses simplicity and gravity to great effect.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. What's the impact on kids and players when a game like Helix Jump exposes them to constant advertising on almost every screen?

  • How does gravity come to into play in Helix Jump? Does playing this game make you interested in learning more about gravity?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 5, 2018
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 117.90 MB
  • Publisher: Voodoo
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up

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