What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
What Kids Can Learn
Rat On A Snowboard wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.
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.