Hellrider 3

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Combative motorcycle racing is fun but repetitive.

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Ease of Play

The game uses simple touch controls and does a good job of explaining them.

Violence

The player uses guns and bombs to take out fellow drivers, and can also bump them off the road. But because the game's graphics are blocky and cartoony, there's no blood or gore.

Sex

Some female characters are wearing somewhat skimpy outfits, but the game's blocky, cartoony graphics keep them from looking sexy.

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Consumerism

Players earn gold coins by playing, though they can also buy them for real money. Players can the use these coins, or real money, to buy new motorcycles, new characters, outfits for your characters, and new weapons. Players are also given the option of watching an ad or spending gold coins if they want to keep playing after they die. The main menu features a tab that links to video ads for other games. Players can also purchase an ad-free version of the game.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hellrider 3 is a motorcycle driving game for iOS and Android devices. Players use guns and bombs to take out enemies, and can also knock them off the road, though the game's cartoony and blocky visuals mean there's no blood or gore. It also prevents the impact of the tight-fighting outfits for female characters. As for the consumer aspects, the game's main menu has a tab that links to video ads for other games, and players can also watch ads, or spend in-game currency, to keep playing when they die. This in-game currency is also used to buy new motorcycles, new characters, new clothes for these characters, and new guns. An ad-free version is also for sale. Otherwise, the game has no other inappropriate content. 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 HELLRIDER 3, you have to ride the mean streets of what seems to be the Pacific Northwest. During some rides, you're tasked with getting rid of the biker gang that's terrorizing the neighborhood. In others, you're just trying to avoid all the hazards as you drive, or perhaps you'll engage in a street race against the same kind of people who terrorize their neighbors. Regardless of your objective, though, this game uses simple touch controls and an arcade approach that makes it easy to steer, pick up power-ups, and use your weapons to save the streets.

Is it any good?

It's time again to head out on the highway in this combative (though also simplistic and somewhat redundant) motorcycle game. In Hellrider 3, you're a biker in what looks like it might be the Pacific Northwest, or somewhere equally as woody. As your cruise the mean streets on your new motorcycle, sometimes you have to avoid a variety of hazards (seismic anomalies, meteor strikes, or oncoming traffic). At other times, you'll have to take out the skeletons who pop up from under the ground and the members of a biker gang who are terrorizing all the little old ladies who only drive on Sunday when they go to church. Oh, and you also sometimes get into street races.

Regardless of what your goal is at any given moment, this manages to be simple arcade fun. There are power-ups that give you opportunities to shoot or toss bombs at the bad bikers, there are some jumps, and there are stretches of road when your bike goes a lot faster. The thing is, once you've gone on a couple rides, you've kind of done it all. Sure, the roads are always different, and there are other hazards along the way, but not enough to keep you gripping the road for very long (at least not in one sitting). Still, with a fun look, simple controls, and some good-natured humor, there's still enough to Hellrider 3 to get your motor running.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising. In Hellrider 3, you can keep playing when you die by watching an ad or buy an ad-free version, but how do you feel about having to watch ads when you play games? Does it seem fair, even though the game is otherwise free?

  • In Hellrider 3, you can spend real money to buy new motorcycles and other items, but you can also purchase some of them with the gold coins you earn by playing, so how do you decide when to spend money on a game when you don't have to?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Price: free with ads and microtransactions
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: February 22, 2021
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Size: 242.30 MB
  • Publisher: Andrey Chernyshov
  • Version: 1.11
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 5.0 and up
  • Last updated: February 23, 2021

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