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iStunt 2 - Snowboard

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Impossible stunts, some gore in app port of Miniclip game.

What parents need to know

Educational value

iStunt 2 wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning. Kids can practice some interesting device physics landing and stunting their boarder, but they will not learn any terminology or specifics about actual snowboarding.

Ease of play

The controls are extraordinarily simple, generally requiring you to tilt your iDevice to the right or left or touch the screen at an appropriate time. Getting the balance just right takes a while, though -- and the game ratchets up the difficulty quickly. By the second half of the game, it's very hard to complete a level in one try. 

Violence

Your rider collapses in a heap when he fails to pull off a stunt or jump, uttering an audible "oof." In later levels of the game, he faces extraordinarily fatal obstacles, such as a spinning blade that can result in dismemberment when hit, although no blood is shown.

Sex

Character choices include a woman with cleavage and another with an exposed midriff; both have exaggerated dimensions.

Language

One of the levels is named "Hell yeah!"

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iStunt 2 - Snowboard is a physics-based snowboarding game that focuses on tricks and big air. Players control a boarder who rides in a series of anything-but-the-real-world conditions, scoring points for perfect landings and mid-air tricks. Using the gyroscope to control the rider, players must tilt their iDevice from side to side to change his trajectory. Early levels are fairly docile, but if the player is advanced enough to make it deeper into the game, there is some grisly content, such as a level where you must avoid giant spinning blades or be dismembered. (And given the level of difficulty of the game at that point, you'll likely hit them several times.) The app also has minor language concerns, with a level named "Hell Yeah!" The iPad version (called iStunt 2 HD - Snowboard) costs more, but is the same game and has HD graphics.

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What's it about?

The first level "Learning to Tilt" serves as the tutorial starting with the basic skill: tilting the device left and right to guide your boarder along a collection of snowy precipices (high scores unlock snowman, polar bear, and other goofy riders as well as cool boards). Kids can retry endlessly after wipeouts (which are quite numerous and on the gratuitous side with toppling, parts flying, and grunts of pain). Luckily checkpoints allow restarts without returning to the beginning. Android version has 25 courses.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Originally a flash game for the PC, iStunt 2 has transitioned well to the iOS world. While it's hardly advanced, the game can be a fun for players with patience, offering a wide number of challenges and checkpoints (so that when you inevitably fail at one of those challenges, you don't have to start over from the beginning). The difficulty is a factor, though -- as the game gets hard fast. And the violence levels increase dramatically (and unexpectedly) as you get further into the game. It all looks great, is easy to control and is loaded with over 40 levels, which is a bit more heft than you might expect from a title like this. Paying for a game that can be played for free online might seem a little odd, but consider it a tariff for being able to play while you're on the go.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Science: physics
Skills:Self-Direction: effort
Emotional Development: persevering
Thinking & Reasoning: prediction
Price:$.99
Release date:July 6, 2011
Category:Sports Games
Topics:Sports and martial arts
Size:18.70 MB
Publisher:Miniclip
Version:1.1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 12 years old January 23, 2012
Kid, 12 years old January 10, 2012

AWSOME GAME

This is a great game for kids around the age of 10 or 11. 99 out of 100 kids now days can easily take a little blood or a little swearing, actually most prefer it. if your kids are alright with a small amount of cartoon blood then they should be fine. There is no drugs, alcohol or anything related to sex in this game.
Teen, 13 years old Written byKinbJune April 23, 2011

iEasy

I've got to admit, this game just about breaks every law of physics, but it's very fun and addictive! I played the demo, and that was pretty fun. I suggest you play it at Miniclip to get the full experience. The only problem was that it was a bit too easy. I found myself zipping through every level with little to no difficulty. Overall though, it is a very fun game!
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