Ski Safari

App review by
Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fast pace and cute characters combine for addicting fun.

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Educational Value

Ski Safari wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

Ease of Play

The app is really a "race from imminent danger" title, where players keep moving. There's only one real functionality -- jump -- and that's done by simply touching the screen. The trick is in the timing. 

Violence & Scariness

The skier must deal with several hazards, including an impending avalanche, but no suffering is ever shown, nor any blood. 

Sexy Stuff

Players can buy upgrades and additional outfits using in-game tokens, which they earn through the game. Those coins can also be purchased in-app for amounts ranging from $1 to $5. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ski Safari is an action game that pits players against an oncoming avalanche. They'll make gravity-defying jumps and sometimes ski on top of penguins and yeti, but it's all in good fun. And even when the avalanche eventually overtakes them, no pain or suffering is implied. There is the potential for in-app purchases, but they're not forced on the player. There's also no sex, language, or drinking/drug concerns. Players on iOS devices can share high scores via the Game Center social network, but participation is optional. Note: There's no privacy policy available at the time of this writing.

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What's it about?

Players avoid an avalanche by skiing as fast as they can, often riding penguins or yeti for a speed boost and collecting coins as they traverse down the mountain. Speed and skiing are all handled by the app. Players simply worry about touching the screen to jump at the right moment to avoid obstacles like a bounder. Holding the screen lets you do a back flip, earning bonus points.

Is it any good?

Ski Safari is hardly an original game. And it's not exactly one that's full of variety. But that doesn't stop it from being utterly addicting. The fast pace -- combined with the cute characters you'll meet and the adrenaline rush that you get when escaping a close call with the avalanche -- makes for a terrifically entertaining time. 

By sticking with a tested formula and resisting the urge to make the game too difficult, the developers have created an utterly addictive game that is a perfect "pull out and play" title for short periods of time. 

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For kids who love action and arcade games

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