HighFlyer Death (i4)

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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With violence and poor controls, skydiving game falls flat.

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Ease of Play

The controls on the game are poorly executed and extremely frustrating. It's very easy to get lost as you dive and to miss goals -- which ultimately means you fail the level and must restart. 

Violence

Players will face several fatal obstacles, including turbines, lasers, and robotic monsters. The violence is not gory, though. 

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Consumerism

Players who wish to play as a female lead character will need to pay 99 cents via in-app purchase. Additional forthcoming worlds will also be in-app purchases, rather than free add-ons. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that HighFlyer Death Defyer (i4) is an action game based on skydiving, but blends several potentially fatal obstacles in with the death-defying plunges. The game has a fair level of violence once you get to the actual story (something that takes a lot longer than expected), but nothing is particularly gory. It's generous with achievements and rewards, but is still a bit much for young children. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.

 

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Is it any good?

Blending sky diving with action gaming sounds like a wonderful recipe for success, but HIGHFLYER DEATH DEFYER (I4) wastes that potential with an overbearing story, terrible controls, and poor pacing. The opening tutorials go on so long that it's easy to think they're the actual game -- before the story really kicks in with a comic book-style narrative and dangerous obstacles to avoid. It's the controls that really hurt the game, though. It's very easy to get lost as you dive and to miss goals -- which ultimately means you fail the level and must restart. And that quickly leads to frustration. The game has ambitious goals, but in the end it doesn't achieve any of them well. 

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For kids who love action and adventure

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