A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
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What's it about?
Press play and tap or slide one finger slightly (or even less than slightly) on the screen to make the STEPPY PANTS player move forward while stepping over cracks in the sidewalk. When your character steps on a crack (and he will) you have to go back to the nearest checkpoint that you've reached. Tap on the "Special Delivery" icon to open a package and get coins. Once you have enough coins, your character flies onto a pod that contains a new item of clothing, a helmet, or something else that changes his look. Use an arrow key at the bottom of the screen to create an instant replay and share on social media.
Is it any good?
Though it initially balances frustration with success just enough to hook the player, the unpredictable controls and frequent failure might make it less than fun for some kids. If kids can stand the initial high-level frustration, there's definitely more skill to be developed here than in the similar game Crossy Road. When players learn how to time the Steppy Pants guy's strides and correctly decide if they should be stretched long or take teeny-tiny steps, walking starts to get easier. Getting a "delivery" of coins to change your character's look adds to the reward of making it further down the street. The instant replay and ability to create a GIF from gameplay is fun, too, though parents may not want their kids sharing to social media. It's also important to set expectations around purchases since there's no parent gate.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about in-app purchases and set expectations around them before downloading.
Talk about how to manage frustration in games such as this that require more patience at first. Can you take a deep breath and shake it off when you get too frustrated? How about walking away and doing something different for a while?
Just for fun, try to walk like the Steppy Pants character in real life (but with more awareness of obstacles and cars, of course!). Can you avoid the cracks? How long of a stride can you and your kid take without falling over? Take some tiny, cartoon-like footsteps.
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