A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Madcoaster is a fast-paced rollercoaster-themed arcade game. Players bump animals out of the way to earn points, but there's no graphic violence. Certain power-ups and perks cost real money to unlock, but the game is perfectly enjoyable without doing so. Players can share high scores via the Crystal or Game Center social networks, but participation is optional.
What's it about?
Players guide a rollercoaster full of screaming kids through a theme park, tapping and swiping the screen to jump at the right times, execute loops, and bounce between tracks. The goal is to earn points by gathering coins (which can be spent on power-ups and bonuses), knocking over animals, and covering as much ground as possible. Players gain levels by completing specific objectives, like collecting 50 big coins and bumping into 5 penguins. Tracks are randomly generated, and players must start over if they fall off the track too many times.
Is it any good?
Madcoaster isn't terribly innovative, but with good production values, spot-on controls, and tangible goals to aim for, it's a fast-paced dose of arcade fun that will appeal to kids craving a challenge. If there's a downside it's that some of the power-ups -- like the jetpack -- seem like afterthoughts and can actually break up the flow of the game rather than enhance it. Overall, however, Madcoaster is a great choice for fans of the "endless runner" style of arcade game.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Science: motion
- Skills: Self-Direction: achieving goals
Emotional Development: persevering
- Price: $.99
- Release date: April 11, 2012
- Category: Arcade Games
- Size: 21.70 MB
- Publisher: Chillingo Ltd.
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.1.3 or later