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The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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What's it about?
As a simple physics-based arcade game, RISE UP doesn't have a story. Instead, you have to move a protective circle around the screen in an attempt to save a balloon that'll pop if it's hit by objects flying at it from the sides or top of the screen. While everything that appears in the game is subjected to the laws of physics and gravity, players will need to stay alert to avoid hazards and get the balloon to float as high as possible.
Is it any good?
While this physics-based arcade game can amuse in quick bursts, it's also the same thing over and over, which becomes extremely tedious. In Rise Up, you use the touchscreen to move a circle in just the right place to prevent things shooting from the side or falling from the top of the screen from popping a balloon. This all happens with the assistance of gravity and physics on each object. While this is rather clever, and there are a lot of different geometric shapes that can kill your balloon -- including blocks, circles, lines, and so on -- the action is the same every time. Which is why this gets redundant rather quickly. Sure, it has a "challenge" section where things get really hard, but even this mode doesn't have enough variety to keep the game from being repetitive. It also doesn't help that the game is silent — no music, no sound effects, no nothing — but the video ads, which pop up randomly, have both, and are thus more glaring by contrast. All of which is why that balloon is doomed, and Rise Up is a game you won't play very long.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about advertising and marketing. Do random ads in apps like Rise Up get annoying after a while? What about the fact that the game doesn't have sound or music, but these video ads do?
Talk about physics. What does Rise Up teach you about how physics and gravity works? Where else can we see this happen?
Discuss puzzle games. What makes puzzle games that have "easy to learn, hard to master" gameplay like Rise Up so appealing to players?