Polar Plunge

App review by
Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Webkinz racing game delivers KinzCash but may frustrate.

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Ease of Play

The app has instructions for play, and the game mechanics aren't all that difficult. Controls are simple: Tilt the device to speed up or slow down, and tap to jump over an obstacle. The farther you travel without falling off your sled, the more points you earn. The app has several different levels of play, and even the lowest level is fairly challenging. If you hit one major obstacle, the game is over, so there is little room for error.

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This app is linked to the popular kids' virtual world Webkinz. Although you can play without a membership, it prompts you to log in at the end of each game to transfer your KinzCash (Webkinz in-game currency) winnings. Webkinz membership requires the purchase of a Webkinz stuffed animal.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Polar Plunge is the app version of a game from the Webkinz virtual world and offers players "KinzCash" for use on the website. In this downhill sledding game, players try to go as fast as possible while jumping over obstacles that will slow you down or knock you off your sled. The game is not at all forgiving if you hit an obstacle, even on the easier levels. Younger children will most likely find this game frustrating, while older children may enjoy the challenge. The app asks you to log in to a Webkinz account to transfer the "KinzCash" virtual currency earned during the game. This is a optional, but the account requires the purchase of a Webkinz toy.

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Is it any good?

POLAR PLUNGE is the type of game people either love or hate. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of strategy, and although it can be challenging, it may be a little too challenging for younger players. The biggest reason to play seems to be to earn KinzCash to buy virtual items in the Webkinz virtual world. If your children don't have accounts, this game may not be worth the begging you'll have to deal with to sign them up for Webkinz.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: September 17, 2010
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Publisher: GANZ
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later

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