Ski Safari

Common Sense Media says

Fast pace and cute characters combine for addicting fun.






What parents need to know

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
Not applicable
Not applicable

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
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Players on iOS devices 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. 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 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.

What kids can learn

What Kids Can Learn

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

What kids can learn

Ski Safari 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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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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Nook HD
Release date:December 10, 2012
Category:Arcade Games
Size:48.60 MB
Publisher:Defiant Development
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.0.1 and up

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