Rat On A Snowboard

Common Sense Media says

Radical rodent squeaks in with a fun time waster.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Users control the main character's actions with a single finger press, making it an incredibly easy game to pick up. Ultimately, success comes down to timing. 

Violence & scariness

The rat can crash into trees or fall, but no violence is implied. Exploding meatballs fall from the sky in one game mode, but they're fairly benign. 

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

A link to more games by the developer appears on the main menu. 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players can opt in to Apple's Game Center to track scores and achievements, and for some games, challenge friends. Players can send and receive friend requests using an email address or Game Center nickname, revealing the first and last name associated with each party's Apple ID and, in the case of email requests, the sender's email address. With iOS 5, players can opt to have a private or public profile, which can include a photo. With a public profile, your real name is visible to all other players, and Game Center will recommend you to other players using your real name. With a private profile, only your friends can see your real name, and Game Center will not recommend you to other players.

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 kids can learn

Rat On A Snowboard wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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Kids say

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?

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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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:November 28, 2011
Category:Arcade Games
Size:9.10 MB
Publisher:Donut Games
Version:1.01
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Kid, 11 years old January 1, 2012
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5
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Great App Refined...

Really Fun! The game is easy and fun not only is there Just a RAT on a SKATEBOARD there are power ups cheeses and tricks like wheeleys. Great addition to the Donut Games Rat collection:D
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