A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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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Is it any good?
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.