Parents' Guide to

Helix Jump

By Paul Semel, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Fun physics-based arcade game swamped by heavy advertising.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 7+

Frozen app

I actually love this game but my app has been frozen for over a week. I even changed to a new phone and it’s still frozen with an exclamation point over the ball. The problem besides that is that everything on the page is unclickable so I can’t get into settings or even find out why it’s frozen.
age 8+

Alarming privacy policy

My kid was playing this enjoyably despite the quantity of ads until recently when a new privacy policy popped up specifying that players needed to be 15 yrs old to consent. This turned out to give permission to the app to harvest details about a number of Facebook contacts if logged in. Obviously we stopped using the app immediately. Part of a worrying trend where the not-so-hidden business model is to harvest personal data well beyond the scope of the app.

Privacy Rating Warning

  • Unclear whether personal information is sold or rented to third parties.
  • Unclear whether personal information are shared for third-party marketing.
  • Unclear whether this product displays personalised advertising.
  • Data are collected by third-parties for their own purposes.
  • Unclear whether this product uses a user's information to track and target advertisements on other third-party websites or services.
  • Unclear whether this product creates and uses data profiles for personalised advertisements.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (8 ):

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.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone , iPad , Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: July 5, 2018
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Publisher: Voodoo
  • Version: 1.1.2
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 7.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: June 19, 2020

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