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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Rat on a Snowboard is physics-based sports game, where players try to move a (you guessed it) cartoon rat on a snowboard as far along a course as they can. The game doesn't focus on big air tricks or dangerous stunts and is content to give users minimal controls to navigate the course; it's fairly forgiving once you get the hang of it. Users can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional.
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What's it about?
Kids attempt to progress as far as they can along a never-ending slope, touching the screen to launch their rat in the air to avoid obstacles such as cliffs, trees, and tree stumps. They touch the screen to perform minimal mid-air turns. In another mode, the game adds exploding meatballs from the sky you'll have to avoid, using the same touch-to-jump play mechanic.
Is it any good?
RAT ON A SNOWBOARD shouldn't be this fun. It is, after all, a snowboarding game that lacks any real tricks. It's hardly a graphical tour de force. And it's as shallow as a kiddie pool. But even with all of that going against it, it's an addictive "one more turn" game that you'll have a hard time turning down.
There are three modes, each of which offers silly fun. And trying to better your top score becomes a quest. It's an easy game to learn and a great way to kill a few minutes (or more) throughout the day -- and one you'll come back to again and again.