Iron Ball Ride

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Swiping instead of tilting = easier for kids to roll.

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The game uses finger swipes instead of device tilting, making it friendlier for younger players, but the maneuvering can still be tricky around tight corners.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Iron Ball Ride is a ball-rolling app game that differs from its many cousins by using finger swipes instead of device tilting to control movement. This makes the game easier for younger kids to play initially, but the difficulty starts to ramp up after several levels, which might get frustrating. There are no penalties for making mistakes, which likely will keep kids playing longer. With no in-app purchases or questionable content, Iron Ball Ride is a pretty worry-free purchase.

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What's it about?

In IRON BALL RIDE, players move an iron ball through a series of challenges, including hairpin turns, jumps, and obstacles. Swiping the screen in the direction you want to go will get the ball moving, while swiping downward will slow it down or stop it, letting you maneuver with more precision than tilt-based ball-rolling games. 

Is it any good?

Ball-rolling games are one of the most popular genres in the app store, but because so many focus on tilting your phone or tablet to control movement, they can be incredibly frustrating for young kids. Iron Ball Ride solves that problem, blending all the fun with more precise finger swipes. But it's still challenging, and it's possible that younger kids will get frustrated by the increasing difficulty, though there are no penalties when the ball falls off the track. Parents will appreciate the lack of in-app purchases and may find themselves enjoying the game as well, thanks to a well-done physics system that keeps you on your toes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about not giving up when things get hard. What can your kid do if a game gets frustrating? What are some strategies to use?

  • Talk about how physics plays a part in Iron Ball Ride. How do you expect the ball will react to the different environments?

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For kids who love strategy and physics

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