Stair Dismount Universal

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Impressive physics game, but the object is breaking bones.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

It's as easy as pushing somebody down a flight of steps.

Violence

The entire concept of the game revolves around pushing a wooden dummy down a long flight of stairs. It is obviously a dummy, but it "breaks bones" as it falls. Its body parts turn red as they get damaged and "broken bone" icons appear; you also hear crunching and snapping sounds. Plus, you can use your device's photo album to place a real person's face on the dummy.

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Some privacy concerns. Users can opt in to OpenFeint, an interactive network, which allows users to upload real avatar photos, post on message boards, connect with Facebook friends or Twitter followers, and access live chat with strangers.

Some safety concerns. If users opt in to OpenFeint they can choose to share their personal information with strangers.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Stair Dismount Universal is a physics game with a rather gruesome premise: You push a dummy down a long, winding flight of steps in a way that causes as much bodily damage as possible. Points are earned for breaking bones and cracking skulls (even though this wooden dummy ostensibly doesn't have any bones). A rather mean-spirited feature allows players to paste a real person's face onto the dummy by pulling one from the device's photo album.

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There's actually a really good physics game behind the uncomfortably morbid premise of STAIR DISMOUNT UNIVERSAL. Figuring out exactly where to target your push so that your dummy will smack into the most steps on the way down is a formidable challenge. But when you paste a person's face onto that dummy -- especially the face of someone you know -- it just gets kind of creepy. There's no denying the technological achievements in the game, but before you let your kids play, ask yourself how you feel about your kids cheering for bone fractures as they watch somebody crack their spine across the corner of a high stairwell.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 10, 2010
Category:Puzzle Games
Publisher:Secret Exit Ltd.
Version:1.4.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Kid, 12 years old December 30, 2010
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8
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This game is really a great game, but the point is to hurt thr dummy and brake his bones. Some young kid might try it for real.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Safety and privacy concerns
Kid, 12 years old November 28, 2010
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7
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The point of the game is breaking bones, but you push a dummy down the stairs. You also can put someone's face on the dummy, but its not realistic at all and this feature is only optional. I really like this app, and on I-tunes it only rates it 9+ for infrequent/mild cartoon violence. So... I'd say 7 and up. Plus this game is really fun with a bunch of different types of stairs including a ski slope and a diving board in which you can push your dummy off of. The free version of this is pretty good if your still not sure you want to get it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old October 1, 2010
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10
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it lets u put real faces on the dummy which is not very nice...especially if ur laughing really hard with someones face on it

i think if u put the face of someone u know on the dummy and laugh then it will be like pushing that real person down a long,endless flight of steps and laughing at them. so its very mean to do that.

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