Mad Skills BMX 2

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Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Fun but shallow bicycle racing game for all ages.

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Game uses simple touch controls, but competition can be fierce.

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Players can use real-world money to buy in-game currency, which can also be earned through playing, watching ads. This currency is then used to upgrade and customize your bikes, buy new bikes or speed-boosting rockets, and customize your character.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mad Skills BMX 2 is a simple arcade racing game for all ages. Racing dirt bikes on short, straight, but lumpy tracks, players have to hit the right buttons when it's time to jump, land, or pop a wheelie; doing so speeds up your bike, hopefully enough to cross the finish line first. But unlike real BMX racing, there's no crashing, and thus no injuries or frustrated cursing. There's also no nudity or sexual content of any kind. Players can either buy in-game currency or earn it by playing or watching advertisements. This is then used to buy new bikes, to upgrade or customize bikes you already own, to customize your rider, or to buy speed-boosting rockets. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

As a racing game, MAD SKILLS BMX 2 doesn't have a story. Instead, you just engage in one race after another, unlocking new events against tougher competition, while earning the money needed to buy better bikes and to improve the ones you have. But while your competition can be tough, playing this game isn't, as your biker keeps going forward no matter what you do; you simply have to tell him when to jump, when to land, and when to pop a wheelie. Doing so at the right time will cause your biker to go faster -- hopefully fast enough to win the race. 

Is it any good?

While it can be fun in its simplicity, this simplicity also makes this arcade bicycle racing game a bit too shallow. In Mad Skills BMX 2, you have to race your dirt bike on straight but bumpy tracks in one-on-one races against the computer. The kicker is that while you don't have to tell your rider to keep going, you do have to read the terrain and then hit the up and down buttons when it's time for the rider to jump, land, or pop a wheelie. Do so correctly and riders pump their legs even harder, hopefully enough to beat the competition to the finish line. But while the first couple of races are fun, and the tracks do vary, it's still not enough to keep you coming back for more. Sure, the competition can be fierce -- one slip-up can cost you the race -- but actually competing isn't difficult, since you're just hitting one of two buttons. But while this may be a bit too simplistic and redundant to keep you engaged for longer than a day or two, fans of uncomplicated arcade games and dirt bike racing games will, at the very least, get one good weekend out of Mad Skills BMX 2.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about money management. In this game, you can spend money to change your character's clothes or how your bike looks. Does this seem like a good use of your money?

  • Discuss bicycle safety. In Mad Skills BMX 2, the rider is wearing a helmet and pads, but why is it important to wear the right safety equipment when riding a bike?

  • Talk about being a good sport. Why is it important to be a good loser and a good winner?

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