Rise Up

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simple, shallow balloon physics game loses air during play.

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age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

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Ease of Play

Simple touch controls, but navigating past puzzles gets challenging over time.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

Ads pop up randomly after you finish some levels.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rise Up is a physics game that's safe for everyone. It has no inappropriate content in the game; it does have random ads that pop up after some levels, but there's no option to buy an ad-free version. Adding to the ad annoyance is that Rise Up is silent: it has no sound effects, which makes the video ads stand out even more. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website, to find out about the information collected and shared.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byChrismercy August 19, 2019

Rise up freezes at level 42

Twice I have reached level 42 and twice it has frozen on me. Wouldn’t even record my high score
Adult Written byDabOnThemH8RS December 16, 2018


Slightly challenging and good for looooooong car rides

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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?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Release date: May 11, 2018
  • Category: Arcade Games
  • Size: 140.30 MB
  • Publisher: Serkan Ozyilmaz
  • Version: 1.3.7
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.1 and up
  • Last updated: March 29, 2021

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