SkidStorm

App review by
Paul Semel, Common Sense Media
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Simplistic but engaging arcade racing game.

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Ease of Play

 Simple controls, easy to learn. 

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Consumerism

Players can use real money, watch ads to get the in-game currency needed to upgrade, change color of cars, keep playing. Option for an ad-free version also available for a fee.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that SkidStorm is a simple arcade-style racing game that's safe for all ages. It has nothing objectionable in the game, unless you're bothered by consumerism. By winning, watching ads, or spending real money, players can earn in-game currency, which is then used to upgrade or change the color of their car, or to keep playing when they run out of turns. They can also pay to remove ads from the game. Read the app's privacy policy on the game's website to find out about the information collected and shared.

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What's it about?

Because it's a racing game, SKIDSTORM doesn't have a story. Instead, this arcade game has a career mode, in which you play a succession of races -- either online against other people or against the computer -- so you can earn money needed to upgrade your car, which, in turn, will help you win future events. But as racing games go, this isn't very realistic (though, to be honest, it's not trying to be). In fact, thanks to its simple controls, loose physics, and aerial perspective, this is more like a slot racing game than NASCAR.

Is it any good?

With simple but responsive controls and a cartoony feel, this arcade racing game manages to be more engaging than most mobile racing games. In SkidStorm, you have to drive around a track faster than your competition. Easy enough, especially since while this has twisty tracks that are fraught with such hazards as oil slicks, it also has simple controls and loose physics, as well as an aerial perspective. But while this feels more like slot racing than Formula 1, it still works so well -- whether your racing against the computer or someone else online -- that you'll feel like your little car is whipping around the track, and you better pay attention if you don't want it to crash. That's especially true since your driver has a lead foot and there are no brakes. Granted, it does mean that SkidStorm can't be used as a driver's ed training program, but you can't go wrong if you're looking for a simple and fun racing game that's more arcade-like than realistic.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about driving safely. Obviously, SkidStorm isn't realistic, but does it teach you anything about why you shouldn't drive erratically and should obey the speed limit?

  • Talk about competition. In SkidStorm, you compete against other players or the computer, but why is it important to be a good winner? What about being a good loser?

  • Discuss spending money. Given that you can earn in-game currency by winning, does it make sense to spend any real money on this game?

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