Slippery Slides

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Neilie Johnson, Common Sense Media
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Water slide racing sim has great gameplay, too many ads.

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Ease of Play

Super-easy controls and forgiving gameplay make even losing fun. 

Violence & Scariness

Players can run into one another like bumper cars and knock each other off the slide, but no one gets hurt. 

Sexy Stuff

The play screen displays banner ads, and five-second ads play in between levels; ads can be removed for $1.99. Players can earn in-app currency (to buy upgrades) by watching more ads. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Slippery Slides is a racing game for iOS and Android devices. In the game, online players race each other down a water slide riding inner tubes. Both menus and live gameplay contain banner ads at the bottom of the screen, and five-second ads play between every race (these can be removed for a fee of $1.99.) Players can also watch 30-second ads between races to earn double rewards. Purchases are limited to ad removal; upgrades and unlockable characters can only be bought with in-app currency earned by playing. Mild violence occurs during races when players bump into each other and knock each other off the slide, but no one gets hurt, and knocked off players come right back into the race. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change

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What's it about?

SLIPPERY SLIDES is a freemium racing sim where players are automatically matched with eight other players for a wacky competitive trip down a multilevel water slide. Players "steer" their inner tube down the slide with left/right finger swipes, and can gain an advantage by steering into other players and knocking them off the slide. Periodic power-ups found on the track boost players who steer over them, and post-race, players win in-app currency they can use to purchase upgrades like Speed, Boost, and Points. (Points are gained by passing, bumping, and jumping over other players.) Players can buy alternate character skins and inner tube patterns with trophies earned by winning races. Ads are prominent: Banner ads are ever-present, and ads play between every race. Players can either pay to remove them or watch even more ads in exchange for double rewards.

Is it any good?

Making racing sims requires finesse, because good steering and acceleration is key to success, and if they aren't handled well, they can ruin the fun. Slippery Slides may be a simple racing game with an unusual premise, but its super-simple controls and exhilarating, out of left field style of gameplay make it a lesson in racing sim fun.The game stands out and is ready for success by setting races on a water slide. Not only is it a wacky, unexpected choice, it solves an obvious mechanical problem: slowing down. There is no slowing down here, so you only have to worry about steering your way around other players and onto speed power-ups. Power-ups make the ride even more thrilling than it already is, sending you and everyone around you sailing around corners and over gaps, frequently changing who's in the lead. Of course, less principled players can hold on to first place simply by bumping everyone else off the slide. 

Being a poor sport could be a fun-killer in a lesser game, but here, getting knocked off is only a momentary setback before you're immediately back on the slide. Granted, it's at the back of the pack, but there's still plenty of chance to win. Winners and losers are both given currency to spend on upgrades and trophies to exchange for additional player skins. Winners also unlock new slides, but oddly enough, there's no place to see your slide collection or manually choose which slide to race on. There's also no way to choose who you race against, and the app's graphics aren't much to look at. Still, these aren't a big deal compared to the fun you'll have. What is a big deal, though, is the app's dependence on ads. Fortunately, a one-time payment of $1.99 makes those go away, and then you and your kids have unlimited access to one of the most entertaining racing sims on mobile. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about advertising in games. Are your kids aware of how often someone's trying to sell them something? Do you think they'll be open to buying something advertised in Slippery Slides?

  • Families can talk about online competition. In games that encourage underhandedness, does your kid understand good sporting behavior and why it's better to be positive than negative?

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
  • Pricing structure: Free (Contains optional in-app purchase.)
  • Release date: May 26, 2019
  • Category: Racing Games
  • Size: 285.80 MB
  • Version: 1.3.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 9.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
  • Last updated: July 9, 2019

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